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    Default How Immunotherapy Has Revolutionized Treatment for Melanoma

    Video features Melissa Wilson, MD, PhD.
    Nov. 13, 2017

    Treating melanoma with immunotherapy is changing patients’ lives.

    Immunotherapy is a groundbreaking treatment for certain types of cancer that has already saved and improved the lives of many patients and their families. This cancer treatment refers to a variety of medicine types, such as vaccines and checkpoint inhibitors, that rev up the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells more effectively. (Here’s more information about the different types of immunotherapy and what kinds of cancers they help treat.)

    One type of cancer that immunotherapy has been particularly effective with is melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Immunotherapy has had a significant impact on the survival rate of melanoma. Patients are living longer than was possible with previous types of cancer treatment.

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    Immunotherapy sounds a lot better than the traditional chemo/radiation model. I'm surprised it took the medical community so long to come up with this therapy. And, even now, most therapies are still in clinical trials. Only thing is, I assume for immunotherapy to work properly one must have a half way decent immune system. If a patient has a weak immune system, I wonder how effective this therapy would be???

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    Default Re: How Immunotherapy Has Revolutionized Treatment for Melanoma

    More here:
    The Types of Cancer that Immunotherapy Can Help Treat



    Not every type of immunotherapy works with every type of cancer.

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