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How do doctors treat melanoma tumors?

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Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer. Your doctor will remove the tumors, along with the surrounding tissue and possibly the nearby lymph nodes. Radiation and chemotherapy will not cure advanced melanoma, but they may sow the cancer and ease your symptoms. Usually, melanoma is treated with chemotherapy, sometimes along with immunotherapy drugs.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Skin Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Skin Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cells."

American Cancer Society: "Melanoma Skin Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Targeted therapy for melanoma skin cancer."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Skin Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Skin Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cells."

American Cancer Society: "Melanoma Skin Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Targeted therapy for melanoma skin cancer."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 23, 2017

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