Incidence and mortality
There are three main types of skin cancer:
Basal cell carcinoma.
Squamous cell carcinoma (together with basal cell carcinoma referred to as nonmelanoma skincancer).
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms of skin cancer but have substantially better prognoses than the less common, generally more aggressive melanoma.
Nonmelanoma skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer...
Medicines may be taken by mouth or injected into your bloodstream so they can travel throughout your body. If the melanoma is on an arm or a leg, chemotherapy medicines may be added to a warm solution that is injected into the bloodstream of that limb. The flow of blood to and from that limb is stopped for a short time so the medicine can go right to the tumor. This is called hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion.
The side effects of some of the melanoma medicines can be serious.
Ipilimumab can cause a reaction against your own body tissues that may be severe or even life-threatening, such as colitis, hepatitis, or inflammation of the skin, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, or adrenal gland. If this happens, you may need to stop taking ipilimumab and have treatment for the other symptoms.
Vemurafenib can cause joint pain, hair loss, and skin rashes. It may also cause other symptoms, such as skin itching, sensitivity to sunlight, and squamous cell skin cancer.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 29, 2013
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