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How does radiation treat advanced melanoma?

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Your doctor might recommend radiation to kill any cancer cells that have been left behind after surgery or if melanoma spreads to your brain or bones. It can also relieve pain from the disease or treat melanoma that comes back over and over.

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Guide to Staging—Melanoma.”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ).”

American Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Treatment of Melanoma Skin Cancer, by Stage,” “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Treatment for Advanced Melanoma Continues to Improve.”

Macmillan Cancer Support: “Understanding Advanced Melanoma.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Guide to Staging—Melanoma.”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ).”

American Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Treatment of Melanoma Skin Cancer, by Stage,” “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Treatment for Advanced Melanoma Continues to Improve.”

Macmillan Cancer Support: “Understanding Advanced Melanoma.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

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