Some People with Melanoma May Not Need Extensive Lymph Node Surgery

ASCO Annual Meeting
May 30, 2015

According to the results of a recent study, people who have surgery to remove lymph nodes near a melanoma tumor live the same amount of time as those who are watched closely for signs of cancer. Lymph nodes are tiny, bean-shaped organs that fight infection. During melanoma surgery, doctors look for cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. If melanoma is found in these lymph nodes, there is a higher risk of the cancer coming back after treatment.

New Immunotherapy, MK-3475, Shows Promise for Metastatic Melanoma

ASCO Annual Meeting
June 2, 2014

According to the results of a large phase I study, a new drug called MK-3475 may benefit people with melanoma that has spread to other parts of the body. MK-3475 blocks the function of a protein called PD-1 (programmed death-1) found on T-cells, a type of white blood cell that directly helps fight disease. Because PD-1 keeps the immune system from destroying cancer cells, stopping PD-1 from working allows the immune system to better eliminate melanoma.


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