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Treatments for Skin Cancer

This section is a guide to the many treatment options available to those newly diagnosed with skin cancer or those whose disease has recurred. Included are introductions to surgical techniques, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted/biologic therapy, as well as their respective side effects.

Melanoma Treatment Options After Surgery
After successful surgery for melanoma, the key goal of so-called "adjuvant" therapies is to prevent the cancer from coming back.


Pros and Cons of Lymph Node Dissection for Treating Melanoma
If a sentinel node biopsy shows that your melanoma has spread, should you remove the remaining lymph nodes? It's not an easy decision, and these pros and cons may help.

Ipilimumab for Melanoma Treatment
Ipilimumab has been tested in multiple clinical trials for many years and appears to finally be on the verge of FDA approval, perhaps as early as 2010. That's certainly good news for patients with melanoma, who have few options once the disease spreads to other areas of the body.

Adoptive Cell Therapy: A Promising New Melanoma Treatment
A new technique called adoptive cell transfer may revolutionize melanoma treatment in the future.

Is Interferon for Treating Melanoma Right for You?
Is interferon-alpha2b for treating melanoma after surgery right for you? Here are some of the pros and cons of interferon treatment to discuss with your doctor:

Skin Cancer Treatment
An overview of the available treatments for skin cancer.

Common Skin Cancer Treatments for Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas
A guide to the most common skin cancer treatment options for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, including creams, surgery and other treatments.

Less Common Treatments for Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers
Learn about less commonly used treatments for basal and squamous cell skin cancers such as radiation, photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, and laser ablation therapy.

Treatment Options for Early-Stage Melanoma
Learn more about common treatment options for stage 0, I or II melanomas localized to the skin or to local lymph nodes.

Treatment Options for Advanced Melanoma
Learn more about the various treatment options for patients with advanced stage III or IV melanoma.

Melanoma Skin Cancer Chemotherapy
A patient's guide to the various chemotherapy drugs used to treat metastatic melanoma skin cancer.

Aldara for the Treatment of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers
Aldara(imiquimod) is a prescription topical cream used to treat basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis. Learn about its use and potential side effects.

Efudex Cream for the Treatment of Skin Cancer
An introduction to prescription Efudex (fluorouracil) cream for treatment of basal cell carcinoma or actinic keratosis, including its safe and effective use.

Solaraze (diclofenac) Topical Cream for Actinic Keratosis Treatment
Solaraze (diclofenac) is a prescription NSAID topical cream for actinic keratosis treatment. Learn about its effective use and possible side effects.

Chemotherapy Drugs for Melanoma: Dacarbazine
Chemotherapy with dacarbazine is currently the only FDA-approved chemotherapy drug for metastatic melanoma. Learn more about its use and side effects in this overview.

Chemotherapy Drugs for Melanoma: Temozolomide
Temozolomide is used in patients with melanoma that has metastasized (spread) to the brain or nervous system. Learn more about its use, efficacy, and side effects in this overview.

What You Need to Know About Interleukin-2 for Metastatic Melanoma
If your oncologist has recommended interleukin-2 for your metastatic (stage IV) melanoma, this overview will arm you with the critical information you need to understand how it works, its effectiveness and its side effects.

Patient's Guide to Interferon-alfa2b for the Treatment of Melanoma
Learn more about interferon-alfa2b, the only approved medication for the adjuvant (post-surgery) treatment of patients with high-risk melanoma.

Top 5 Most Promising Upcoming Drugs for Melanoma
Learn more about the five most promising new drugs in phase III clinical trials for the treatment of advanced and metastatic (stage III and IV) melanoma.

Video: Chemotherapy's Effectiveness and Side Effects
Chemotherapy is a treatment that attempts to stop the growth of cancerous cells. It can be an effective way to combat cancer, but it also has severe side effects. Lean more about how chemotherapy works in this short video.

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