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Posts for: September, 2017

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
September 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Melanoma  

If you’ve just been diagnosed with melanoma, find out the best way to treat this form of skin cancer now.melanoma

Being told that you have melanoma can be a very scary moment in your life. After all, there seem to be more warnings about this life-threatening skin cancer than ever before. Fortunately, by turning to our Cherry Creek, CO, dermatologist Dr. James Maloney early enough, we can create a treatment plan that will effectively treat your melanoma.

How your melanoma is treated will depend on several factors including the stage of your cancer. Common treatment options include:

  • Surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

Surgery

This is the most common way to treat melanoma and offers high success rates for early-stage melanomas. There are a variety of different surgical techniques that our Cherry Creek skin doctor may employ based on the location and severity of your melanoma.

If we were able to diagnose your melanoma through a biopsy, then a wide excision surgery may be all that’s needed to remove the melanoma. Another common and popular procedure is Mohs surgery, which allows us to remove melanoma while also preserving as much healthy, non-cancerous tissue as possible.

Immunotherapy

These special medications are administered to help boost your body’s immune system to help you fight off cancer cells. There are several kinds of immunotherapy options to choose from for battling your melanoma, including:

  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • Cytokines
  • Oncolytic virus therapy
  • Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG)

Targeted Therapy

This therapy is a bit different from chemotherapy and these drugs may be recommended if chemotherapy isn’t working. Plus, patients often experience less severe side effects with targeted therapy than with chemotherapy. Instead of just attacking dividing cells, which is the purpose of chemotherapy, targeted therapy drugs attack parts or genes of the melanoma.

Chemotherapy

This is another commonly used treatment for cancer and can be an effective way to kill cancer cells. In most cases, the medication is injected into the bloodstream to kill the skin cancer cells. While this cancer treatment can be effective for most cancers, it’s not always the most effective for melanoma treatment.

Radiation Therapy

This is another treatment option that is less commonly used in those with melanoma, but it might be considered if surgery is not possible or if melanoma has returned after surgery.

Do you have questions about the treatments above? Want to know which one is the best option for you? Then call Cherry Creek Dermatology and let us know that you want to discuss the different melanoma treatment options offered in Cherry Creek, CO.




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