What Is Nodular Melanoma?

Nodular melanoma is a form of skin cancer that grows very rapidly. It begins in the melanocytes, which are skin cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. While a nodular melanoma can potentially develop anywhere on the body, this type of skin cancer usually affects areas that are regularly exposed to the sun, such as the legs, arms, chest, back and face.

Sometimes, a nodular melanoma may be completely unnoticeable. That’s because this type of melanoma does not always produce the usual warning signs, such as an atypical mole. If a lesion is apparent, it may look like a seemingly harmless pimple, insect bite, mole or other round black bump. Therefore, any unusual skin changes should promptly be brought to the attention of a physician. If a physician identifies a suspicious area of skin, he or she may remove a tissue sample so that a pathologist can analyze it under a microscope for evidence of cancer.

Nodular melanoma treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center welcomes patients with nodular melanoma and other types of skin cancer, as well as those who have a suspicious growth that warrants a further look. In our Cutaneous Oncology Program, we take an individualized approach to skin cancer treatment. Our multispecialty team provides comprehensive screening, diagnostic, staging, treatment, follow-up and supportive care services, all in one convenient location. We offer the latest treatment options, including sentinel lymph node biopsies, lymphatic mapping and robotic-assisted surgery, as well as a robust portfolio of clinical trials.

If you are diagnosed with nodular melanoma, Moffitt can help you explore all of your options and provide the information you need to make fully informed health care decisions. We can also provide compassionate supportive care at every step of the way. Request an appointment by calling 1-888-663-3488 or completing our new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.