Unfortunately, the typical life expectancy for someone with stage 4 melanoma is six to eight months. This figure can vary slightly depending on the amount and type of treatment that is administered, but many people choose not to treat it at all. Here are some of the common options.
Chemotherapy is often used in an attempt to shrink stage 4 melanoma in order to reduce symptoms. This doesn't always work, however, and chemotherapy can cause a number of nasty side effects of its own.
Radiotherapy uses rays in order to attack and destroy cancer cells. It can help to shrink stage 4 melanoma and reduce symptoms.
Biological therapy for stage 4 melanoma works on the basis that a drug is administered via a drip that helps to shrink the advanced melanoma and help to control it.
Surgery is an option used to remove tumours from around the body. This can have a really positive impact on the patient's life and wellness. Life expectancy can also increase significantly following surgery, but unfortunately, there are only a small number of people who are suitable for this type of treatment for stage 4 melanoma.