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The following are treatment options for stage IV melanoma. The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the person with cancer. The goals of treatment for stage IV melanoma are to shrink and control any metastases and to relieve symptoms. Treatment for people with metastatic melanoma that cannot be removed by surgery (unresectable) is often recommended through participation in clinical trials.
Surgery may be used to treat stage IV melanoma.
Chemotherapy may be used to treat stage IV melanoma. While it cannot cure the cancer, chemotherapy can be used to control the growth and spread of the cancer. It may also help to extend life and relieve symptoms (palliative chemotherapy) of advanced disease. The most common types of chemotherapy used are:
Targeted therapy may be offered to people with unresectable metastatic melanoma. These drugs are given by mouth. The targeted chemotherapy drugs used to treat advanced or metastatic melanoma are:
Biological therapy may be offered to people with metastatic melanoma. Biological therapies are usually given by intravenous (IV)intravenous (IV)Within or into a vein (a blood vessel that carries blood from tissues and organs in the body to the heart). infusion and include:
People with melanoma may be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. For more information, go to clinical trials.
My favourite thing about Camp Goodtime is being able to hang out with other kids who have survived cancer. They know what is going on in your life and can help you get through it.
For cancer patients who must travel a great distance to get to treatment, Canadian Cancer Society lodges offer a welcoming place to stay.