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Not-So-Routine Maintenance: Treating Melanoma After Surgery
January 21, 2016
Before melanoma spreads past the lesion on the skin, doctors can usually remove the tumor and get rid of the cancer. But people who have stage 2B, 2C or stage 3 melanoma have a greater than 30 percent chance of developing melanoma again. “For these patients, we recommend adjuvant treatment after recovery from the initial surgery to reduce this risk,” says Ahmad Tarhini, a professor in the division of hematology/oncology at University of Pittsburgh. This is known as maintenance therapy.
  • Interferon is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower the risk of melanoma recurrence. Usually, people receive the drug intravenously five days per week for four weeks. Then they inject it on their own three days per week for 48 weeks. Studies ...

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