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What is targeted therapy for melanoma?

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Cancer happens when cells grow and divide too fast or don’t die when they should. This can happen because of bad genes inside the cells. In targeted therapy, drugs go after melanoma cells and turn off the genes that make them grow out of control.

This treatment tends to stop working well after awhile. If that happens, you and your doctor will need to try another approach.

From: Treatments for Melanoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Melanoma: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome.”

The Skin Cancer Foundation: “Melanoma—Treatments.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Genes and Cancer,” ”Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “What Happens After Treatment for Melanoma Skin Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Melanoma Treatment (PDQ),” “Lymphedema (PDQ).”

Melanoma Research Foundation: “Melanoma Treatment.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Melanoma: Managing Treatment Side Effects.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Melanoma: Coping with Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 9, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Melanoma: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome.”

The Skin Cancer Foundation: “Melanoma—Treatments.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Immunotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Genes and Cancer,” ”Targeted Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “Radiation Therapy for Melanoma Skin Cancer,” “What Happens After Treatment for Melanoma Skin Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Melanoma Treatment (PDQ),” “Lymphedema (PDQ).”

Melanoma Research Foundation: “Melanoma Treatment.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Melanoma: Managing Treatment Side Effects.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Melanoma: Coping with Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 9, 2018

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