Immunotherapy for melanoma
Immunotherapy is one of the latest promising methods of cancer treatment, that successfully works stimulating the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer. This treatment promotes increasing the ability of the immune system to identify and kill cancer cells.
The immune system protects the body by attacking infections caused by viruses and bacteria and abnormal cells (cancer) of the human body as well. Usually immunity has the ability to distinguish healthy normal cells from abnormal cells. But sometimes this mechanism does not work in patients with melanoma and immune system does not identify melanoma as dangerous cells.
Drugs that were approved by FDA for immunotherapy for melanoma:
♦ Ipilimumab (Yrvoy) – an antibody CTLA-4.
♦ Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) – an anti-PD-1.
♦ Nivolumab (Opdivo) – an anti-PD-1.
♦ Nivolumab (Opdivo) + Ipilimum (Yervoy) combination.
♦ T-VEC (Imlygic) – oncolytic viral therapy.
Our oncologists use systemic immunotherapy in Israel for the treatment of metastatic cancer. Systemic treatment is carried out through the bloodstream to reach all parts of the body.
Local treatment is usually injection, directly to the melanoma location in order to destroy the tumor itself.
Other treatments for melanoma:
⇒ Microsurgical operation of Mohs (Mohs Surgery)
⇒ Combined therapy
Prof. Jacob Schachter – Head of “Ella” Institute for melanoma treatment, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.
Leading expert with years of experience treating all types of melanoma and skin cancer in Israel.
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