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Levine Cancer Institute has a multidisciplinary melanoma team comprised of nationally recognized leaders in medical, radiation and surgical oncology that meet every week to develop a comprehensive individualized plan for patients.
Treatment for melanoma depends on the stage. Treatments include:
Surgery, which is usually reserved for early stages of melanoma and may include techniques such as wide local excision, lymphadenectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy.
Chemotherapy, which is usually used for advanced stages of disease and includes medications that may stop the growth of cancer cells throughout the body.
Radiation therapy, which harnesses high-energy X-rays and other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or halt growth. Radiation may be delivered externally, i.e. delivered by a machine outside the body, or internally delivered by a device, such as a radio-active needle or seed, and placed in or near the tumor.
Biologic therapy (also called biotherapy and immunotherapy), which is usually used in stages III and IV. It’ss based on modulating the immune system with biologic agents such as interferon, interleukin-2 and ipilimumab.
Targeted therapy, which is usually used in advanced stages of disease and s based on targeting specific mutations identified in almost half the patients with melanoma.
Speak with your physician to find out if you may be eligible to take part in a clinical trial. Levine Cancer Institute offers the latest trials available to its patients, making them among the first to receive the most innovative treatments available in cancer care.