Your melanoma treatment begins with a biopsy of the lesion, which is then examined by a Pathologist. Further treatment and investigation depends on the depth of the melanoma. This section explains staging of melanoma, which involves diagnostic imaging or further biopsies.

Your treatment will depend on the stage of the melanoma.


Melanoma Staging

Learn about staging, a process of finding out how widespread a cancer is.



Tissue removed at surgery is always sent for Pathology examination via microscope.


Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

Fine-needle aspiration is a method of collecting cells to look for signs of cancer, infection, or other conditions.


Blood Tests

Patients with skin cancers including melanoma are sometimes asked to have blood tests.


Diagnostic Imaging

There are a number of diagnostic imaging modalities used to stage melanoma.