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I’ve heard about a melanoma vaccine. Is it available to the public?

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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: All are experimental

There are no fda approved vaccines for melanoma of any type.
There have been many different vaccine strategies to treat (not prevent) melanoma but none of them have yet proven effective. It has nothing to do with hla testing or il-2. There are several vaccines in late stage testing for melanoma that could release results within the next year or more, so this answer may change relatively soon.

In brief: All are experimental

There are no fda approved vaccines for melanoma of any type.
There have been many different vaccine strategies to treat (not prevent) melanoma but none of them have yet proven effective. It has nothing to do with hla testing or il-2. There are several vaccines in late stage testing for melanoma that could release results within the next year or more, so this answer may change relatively soon.
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Melanoma vaccine is a therapeutic vaccine for patients with advanced melanoma of a specific tissue type (hla).
When used with il2, it boosts the immune response against melanoma cells. It is not used as preventative vaccine to prevent the occurrence of melanoma. Sun protection and routine skin checks are the best way to reduce your risk of developing melanoma.

In brief: No

Melanoma vaccine is a therapeutic vaccine for patients with advanced melanoma of a specific tissue type (hla).
When used with il2, it boosts the immune response against melanoma cells. It is not used as preventative vaccine to prevent the occurrence of melanoma. Sun protection and routine skin checks are the best way to reduce your risk of developing melanoma.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

This is still in the clinical trial phase.

In brief: No

This is still in the clinical trial phase.
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