Goal of Chemotherapy for Melanoma
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. Usually, chemotherapy is systemic, meaning the drugs go through your whole body, killing cells that rapidly divide. The benefit of this is that it can kill cells that have spread from the original tumor. The downside is that it kills all cells that divide rapidly, even healthy ones, and that can lead to side effects. With melanoma, you may get systemic chemotherapy. Or you may get treatments that limit the effects to specific areas.