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How do medications treat melanoma?

Medications are not generally used as a primary treatment for melanoma. Instead, surgical removal of the mole or skin growth is usually the first line of treatment. If the melanoma isn't diagnosed till later, though, medications may be used in the form of chemotherapy. This treatment involves taking medications either by mouth or intravenously for several months. The strong chemicals in those drugs work to kill cancerous cells.

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