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Is the standard treatment of melanoma always surgery?


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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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