Immunotherapy Changes the Game for Metastatic Melanoma


Maurie Markman, MD

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Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that’s quite common—and quite treatable. In fact, in most cases, melanoma is caught early enough that we can remove the affected area with surgery; after that, the patient is considered cancer-free. That’s why it’s so important that patients talk to their doctors immediately after noticing a change in an existing mole’s shape, feel, or color. However, sometimes melanoma isn’t found right away and the cancer may invade other areas of the body, like the lymph nodes or blood. In these cases, treatment beyond surgery is required. Today, new treatment options like immunotherapy are giving some of these patients with advanced melanoma long-lasting and effective results.

Three patients who have treated cancer with immunotherapy discuss their experiences.

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