At GenesisCare, we offer a wide range of drug therapies and the latest anti-cancer drugs for skin cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.
Chemotherapy for melanoma
Chemotherapy refers to drugs that destroy cancer cells. Our expert teams may recommend chemotherapy after other treatments or on its own. Chemotherapy is not usually used as the first treatment for melanoma, but it may shrink the size of the tumors in some cases.
The type of chemotherapy you’ll receive will depend on how advanced your skin cancer is. If your melanoma has spread to other parts of your body, chemotherapy may help control its growth, relieve symptoms and improve your skin cancer prognosis.
Immunotherapy for melanoma
Cancer cells rapidly divide out of control unlike normal, healthy cells, and often are able to hide from the immune system. Immunotherapy helps your body’s own immune system recognize and fight the cancer. Checkpoint inhibitors may be an effective immunotherapy against melanoma, working by blocking the signals that stop the immune system from attacking the cancerous cells.
Targeted therapy for melanoma
Targeted therapy, also known as precision medicine, is a newer type of treatment that ‘targets’ cancer cells without affecting normal healthy cells. Targeted therapy seeks, attacks and blocks cellular activity that cancer depends on to survive and grow. Targeted therapies help determine what DNA mutation is driving a cancer, based off your individual genomic and genetic makeup. Types of targeted therapy for melanoma include:
- Cancer growth inhibitors – some melanomas can have an altered proteins called BRAF, MEK, and C-KIT, which helps them grow. These drugs target the faulty proteins to stop the cancer from growing.