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Diseases

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Digestive System Melanoma


Other Names for this Disease
  • Melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Melanoma of the GI tract
  • Malignant melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract
  • primary gastrointestinal melanoma
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Treatment

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How might digestive system melanoma be treated?

Treatment of digestive system melanoma is dependent on the spread of the cancer and where it is located. Treatment might include surgery to remove the tumor and portion of the gastrointestinal tract involved, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.[1] 
Last updated: 6/23/2016

References
  1. Andreas V. Hadjinicolaou,corresponding author1 Christopher Hadjittofi, Panagiotis G. Athanasopoulos, Rahul Shah,Aftab A. Ala. Primary small bowel melanomas: fact or myth?. Ann Transl Med. Mar 2016; 4(6):113. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4828744/.


Medical Products

The medication(s) listed in the table(s) below have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of this condition. The FDA Office of Orphan Products Development designates "orphan products" for those that treat rare diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans. The table(s) below may not be an exhaustive list of drugs or products used to treat this condition. There may be other products available that are not considered orphan products. To search for all FDA approved drugs, visit Drugs@FDA. You can find orphan products used to treat other conditions by searching the Orphan Drug Product Designation database.


Generic Name Aldesleukin
Trade Name
(Manufacturer Name)
Proleukin
(Novartis)
Indication
The FDA has approved this product to be used in this manner.
Treatment of adults with metastatic melanoma.

Other Names for this Disease
  • Melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Melanoma of the GI tract
  • Malignant melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract
  • primary gastrointestinal melanoma
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.