Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy may help to control or slow the growth of the melanoma for a time. Your cancer specialist will explain more about the possible benefits and side effects.
There are several chemotherapy drugs that may be used to treat advanced melanoma. The most commonly used drug is called dacarbazine (DTIC). It can be used alone or occasionally in combination with other drugs.
How chemotherapy is given
You usually have chemotherapy drugs as an injection into a vein (intravenously), or occasionally by mouth (orally). You may be given a single drug or a combination of drugs. Your chemotherapy will usually be given to you as an outpatient, which means you can go home on the same day. Occasionally you may have your chemotherapy during a short stay in hospital.