Conventional chemotherapy treatment using anti-cancer drugs has had a major role in many cancers including breast, colon and lung cancer. The goal is to slow the growth of tumour cells that have spread to internal organs. Chemotherapy also sometimes helps relieve symptoms caused by the growth of the cancer. Generally chemotherapy drugs have not been particularly effective in treating melanoma.

During the last few years new targeted therapies that are focused on the genes of melanoma cells have been found to be a much more effective treatment in recent years chemotherapy has become a less-considered option. But in some rare cases chemotherapy may be recommended.

Side effects

Chemotherapy can cause the following side effects:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • depression
  • tiredness
  • hair loss

These side effects are temporary and steps can be taken to prevent or reduce them.