It is possible that the main title of the report Melanoma, Malignant is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
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.
Dacarbazine and temozolomide can cause an allergic reaction, severe nausea and vomiting, liver problems, and flu-like symptoms, such as fever, aches, and fatigue.
Interferon can cause
flu-like symptoms, such as fever, aches, and fatigue. It can also cause depression, lower your white
blood cell count, and cause liver problems. Most of these problems will go away completely when you
no longer take this medicine.
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.