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How can chemotherapy help treat melanoma?

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Chemotherapy isn’t the first treatment choice for melanoma. But some people with stage IV melanoma do get chemo drugs as a type of combination therapy. There are a number of drugs that your doctor can choose from, and it’s likely that you’ll receive more than one such drug at a time. This mix works well to shrink tumors, but it may also cause more side effects.

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Melanoma: Treatment options.”

American Cancer Society: “Evolution of cancer treatments: Chemotherapy,” “What’s new in melanoma skin cancer research?”

Karmanos Cancer Institute: “Frequently asked questions.”

Melanoma Research Foundation: “Melanoma Treatment.”

Nemours Foundation: “Chemotherapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Targeted Cancer Therapies,” “Pembrolizumab Improves Overall Survival in Patients with Advanced Melanoma.”

Medscape: “Malignant Melanoma Treatment & Management.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Radioimmunotherapy (RIT).”

Cancer Research Institute: “Melanoma.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 19, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Melanoma: Treatment options.”

American Cancer Society: “Evolution of cancer treatments: Chemotherapy,” “What’s new in melanoma skin cancer research?”

Karmanos Cancer Institute: “Frequently asked questions.”

Melanoma Research Foundation: “Melanoma Treatment.”

Nemours Foundation: “Chemotherapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Targeted Cancer Therapies,” “Pembrolizumab Improves Overall Survival in Patients with Advanced Melanoma.”

Medscape: “Malignant Melanoma Treatment & Management.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Radioimmunotherapy (RIT).”

Cancer Research Institute: “Melanoma.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 19, 2018

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