Dutch doctors work on better skin cancer treatment

Dutch doctors believe that they have found a more successful way to treat people with skin cancer, according to newspaper the Telegraaf on Friday.

It reports that doctors from the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (AVL) cancer institute in Amsterdam, who registered 50 of their melanoma patients for an international study, say that the aggressive cancer was less likely to return if surgery was followed by extra immunotherapy.

Mostly younger patients, under 50, were given pembrolizumab after surgery removing the cancerous moles. The worldwide study, with more than 1000 patients in 23 countries, was reportedly co-ordinated by Dutch doctor Alexander van Akkooi and presented at the American Association for Cancer Research in Chicago and New England Journal of Medicine.

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