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What are cytokines for melanoma treatment?

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Cytokines. Your body produces proteins called cytokines. They naturally boost your immune system. Doctors sometimes prescribe artificial cytokines for people with melanoma. Research shows the drugs make it harder for cancer cells to divide, and help your body’s immune system respond to the cancerous cells.

From: What Drugs Treat Melanoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Melanoma.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for melanoma skin cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Drugs Approved for Melanoma.”

Medscape: “BRAF Gene Mutation Tests.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Melanoma.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for melanoma skin cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Drugs Approved for Melanoma.”

Medscape: “BRAF Gene Mutation Tests.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2018

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