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Medicines for melanoma include:

Medicines used to treat melanoma may be given as an outpatient treatment. But sometimes people need a short hospital stay.

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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.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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