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Treatments for Melanoma
The goal of treatment is to eliminate the cancer or, if this is not possible, to limit its further growth and control the symptoms. The treatment and management of melanoma may involve surgery, biologic therapy, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Surgery is the primary treatment for melanoma.
Treatment involves the following:SurgeryRadiation therapyMedications to Treat Side Effects of Melanoma TreatmentMedications for MelanomaLifestyle changesChemotherapy
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Melanoma skin cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003120-pdf.pdf. Updated January 17, 2013. Accessed April 8, 2013.
Melanoma treatment. Melanoma Research Foundation website. Available at: http://www.melanoma.org/understand-melanoma/melanoma-treatment. Accessed April 8, 2013.
Treatment option overview. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/types/skin/patient/melanoma-treatment-pdq#section/%5F135. Updated April 1, 2013. Accessed April 8, 2013.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 03/2016
- Update Date: 03/15/2015