NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Melanoma

50 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Melanoma, 2018 4  Overview of melanoma treatments Review Review † † Surgery to remove tumors is often used to treat melanoma. † † Drugs can be given to treat melanoma in one area or throughout the body. † † Chemotherapy drugs kill fast-growing cells. † † Immunotherapy drugs help the immune system fight off cancer cells. † † Targeted therapy drugs specifically target cancer cells. † † Radiation therapy kills cancer cells or stops new cancer cells from forming. † † A clinical trial studies a test or treatment to see how safe it is and how well it works. “ After 18 months of immunotherapy, my body still offers an occasional, unwelcome, surprising symptom. But the remarkable thing to me has been to participate in a life-extending therapy regimen that still allows me to continue and advance my career, be present with my family, and live a largely typical lifestyle all while receiving treatment. - John, current age 41 first diagnosed at age 35