A new drug for advanced melanoma is dramatically shifting the odds in favor of patients, extending survival for many and even curing some. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) helped keep four in 10 patients with advanced melanoma alive three years after starting treatment, according to the results of a new clinical trial.
Melanoma skin cancer signs include new spots on the skin, or a change in size, shape or color of an existing mole.
- A sore that does not heal
- Pigment, redness or swelling that spreads outside the border of a spot to the surrounding skin
- Itchiness, tenderness or pain
- Changes in texture or scales, oozing or bleeding from an existing mole
Squamous cell carcinomas : firm lumps, rough on the surface typically on head, neck, hands, and arm
Basal cell carcinomas : smooth and pearly appearance bump or pale patch (head/neck), brownish scar (chest)