Posted by: Okkie Butler | 2020/02/24


Nodular malignant Melanoma

My 86 year old uncle had a Nodular malignant Melanoma removed from his right calf about six months ago. The doctor found that the cancer is already in an advanced stage and chances are good that it will spread to his lymph nodes. He said there is nothing that can be done to treat it. Since then my Uncle has severe pain in his upper right leg/hip and he finds it difficult to walk. A cat scan of his pelvic area in October 2019 only found some degeneration of the hip joint. Now there are three nasty growths growing just below the same area where the previous one was removed. What must I do? Do I take him to a specialist again? Which field? He has a good medical aid(Discovery). Please, this is urgent!

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2020/02/25

Dear Mr Butler, it is crucial that you make an appointment for your uncle with an oncologist who has experience in surgery and treatment of malignant melanoma. It would, of course, be advisable to have him see the same specialist who treated him previously as his medical records will be available. If you are unable, because of whatever reason, to make an appointment with his previous specialist, please contact the South African Oncology Consortium (SAOC) who will be able to provide you with contact details of an oncologist in your area who is experienced in the treatment of malignant melanoma. Contact details of the SAOC: Telephone 012 667 2067. (MCH).

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