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What is the prognosis for stage 4 melanoma?

1 answer | Last updated: Dec 05, 2013
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Caring.com User - Andrew Putnam
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Andrew Putnam, M.D. is a Palliative Care physician at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.

The prognosis for stage 4 melanoma is totally unpredictable. One question is whether they were able to remove all the tumor during the surgery. This would be unlikely given how widespread it was. The only treatments out there are experimental ones usually at major medical centers. However it is impossible to say how the melanoma will behave. Sometimes there is spontaneous regression but other times there can be rapid growth. There is no sure answer about what to expect.