Melanoma Program

Chemotherapy

Our group of dedicated doctors offers a wide range of advanced standard therapy as well as experimental clinical trials. Every patient is treated with individualized approach. Depending on the stage of melanoma, we may offer immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and/or molecular targeted therapy.

Chemotherapy treatment kills cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs include Dacarbazine, Paclitaxel and other drugs.

Immunotherapy

A type of biological therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. Some types of immunotherapy target specific cells of the immune system (T-cells, B-cells, dendritic cells). Others affect the immune system in a general way.

Types of immunotherapy include cytokines, vaccines, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), and some monoclonal antibodies. Immunotherapy drugs include Interferon alpha-2b, peginterferon alpha-2b (Sylatron®), interleukins-2, ipilimumab (Yervoy®),nivolumab (Opdivo®), and pembrolizumab Keytruda®).

Targeted Therapy

This is a type of treatment that uses drugs or other substances that identify and attack specific types of cancer cells with less harm to normal cells. Some targeted therapies block the action of certain enzymes, proteins, or other molecules involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells. Other types of targeted therapies help the immune system kill cancer cells or deliver toxic substances directly to cancer cells and kill them. Targeted therapy may have fewer side effects than other types of cancer treatment. Most targeted therapies are either small molecule drugs or monoclonal antibodies.

Targeted therapy includes Braf inhibitors such as vemurafenib (Zelboraf®), dabrafenib (Tafinlar®), Mek inhibitors such as trametinib (Mekinist®) or other novel agents.