Types of Immunotherapy for Metastatic Melanoma


Erin Azuse

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Melanoma is a type of cancer that originates in the cells that pigment your skin and form moles. Compared to other forms of skin cancer, melanoma is more likely to spread to different parts of the body. With the rates of melanoma increasing over the last 30 years, research continues to search for new ways to treat this serious disease.

When melanoma is caught early, it can often be removed surgically. Yet once it becomes metastatic, meaning it has travelled to distant lymph nodes and areas of the body, it’s harder to manage. Thankfully, immunotherapy is showing promise for treating patients with metastatic melanoma. Immunotherapy works by activating the body’s immune system to destroy cancer cells. There are a few types of immunotherapy that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are in current use, while others are still being studied in clinical trials. Each has a slightly different method of operation.

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

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