How A Checkpoint Inhibitor Works to Fight Metastatic Melanoma


Erin Azuse

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Your immune system has an important job. Not only must it attack harmful cells to protect you from getting sick, it must also recognize your body’s own cells so it leaves them alone. In some cases, however, cancer cells can trick the immune system, so they escape the attack and continue to grow.

A newer method of cancer treatment called immunotherapy hopes to change that. Researchers are learning how to help the immune system fight against cancer cells. For patients with metastatic melanoma, a cancer that usually starts on the skin and spreads to other locations of the body, a type of immunotherapy known as a checkpoint inhibitor has demonstrated some exciting results.

Leta talks about her journey with advanced melanoma, from discovery to diagnosis to treatment with immunotherapy.

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