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How does combination therapy help fight melanoma?

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Often, when doctors combine two or more ways fight cancer, they have a greater result than when they use only one cancer-fighting weapon at a time. This type of treatment lets them attack cancer from many angles at the same time, so there are fewer places for it to hide.

Your doctor will decide what type is best for you based on your health and the type of melanoma you have. Some treatments may never be right for you, if your form of melanoma doesn’t have certain mutated genes or proteins.

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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