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A recent study conducted by scientists in Israel has shed new light on the mechanics of how melanomas develop and ultimately spread cancer cells through the body.
Researchers at Brisbane's QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have conducted a project involving collecting blood samples from over 12,000 melanoma patients and comparing them with blood samples from 23,000 people without melanoma.
Immunotherapy is a new type of treatment for cancer that works by stimulating the body's own immune system to fight cancer cells. This happens naturally, but once a cancer has taken hold the immune cannot cope any more and stops fighting the cancer.