The most effective treatment of
melanoma in the early stages is surgical resection. Indeed, if every melanoma
could be recognized at the earliest possible stage and removed completely, we
could realize a dramatic decrease in melanoma - related deaths. Many patients
with stage III disease (spread to draining lymph nodes) can be cured with
lymphadenectomy, or removal of the involved lymph nodes. However, when melanoma
has metastasized to other parts of the body, systemic treatment is usually
required such as immunotherapy or chemotherapy.
Since few treatments have been approved by the FDA for melanoma, treatment on a
clinical trial of a new agent may be a good option.
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