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How does Yervoy work to treat melanoma?

Yervoy (ipilimumab) works to treat melanoma by bolstering the immune system. It is a monoclonal antibody, meaning that it blocks a problem molecule. In this case, the problem molecule slows or turns off the body's immune response to cancerous cells.

By blocking that molecule, Yervoy encourages the immune system to target and attack melanoma cells.

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