Melanoma Surgery

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our surgeons have been trained in the most effective surgical approaches for melanoma cancer.
  • Melanoma should be caught early and our physicians are trained to recognize symptoms and signs.
  • Our staff ensure that melanoma patients are closely monitored during follow-up.

A funny-looking mole on your leg, nose, back, or elsewhere on your body could be the first sign of melanoma, a type of cancer that forms in the cells that produce skin color. 

Though melanoma accounts for less than 5 percent of all skin cancers, it is the most serious. The cancer requires prompt treatment to remove the primary lesion and track the cancer’s possible spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.

“In 15 to 20 percent of patients with a positive sentinel node,” says James Clune, MD, a Yale Medicine surgeon, “there are additional nodes with melanoma.” Our dedicated team of surgeons works to aggressively treat melanoma (and prevent further spreading) to help patients recover and live long, healthy lives.”