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Cancer Drugs Approved approved by FDA

Cancer drugs approved (FDA) for melanoma

The list includes generic names and brand names. The drug names link to NCI's Cancer Drug Information summaries. There may be drugs used in melanoma that are not listed here.

  • Aldesleukin
  • Binimetinib
  • Braftovi (Encorafenib)
  • Cobimetinib Fumarate
  • Cotellic (Cobimetinib Fumarate)
  • Dabrafenib Mesylate
  • Dacarbazine
  • Encorafenib

Drugs Approved to Prevent Breast Cancer

Drugs Approved to Treat Breast Cancer

  • Abemaciclib
  • Abraxane (Paclitaxel Albumin-stabilized Nanoparticle Formulation)
  • Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine
  • Afinitor (Everolimus)
  • Afinitor Disperz (Everolimus)
  • Alpelisib
  • Anastrozole
  • Aredia (Pamidronate Disodium)
  • Arimidex (Anastrozole)
  • Aromasin (Exemestane)
  • Capecitabine
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Docetaxel
  • Doxorubicin Hydrochloride
  • Elacestrant Dihydrochloride
  • Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride)
  • Enhertu (Fam-Trastuzumab Deruxtecan-nxki)
  • Epirubicin Hydrochloride
  • Eribulin Mesylate
  • Everolimus
  • Exemestane
  • 5-FU (Fluorouracil Injection)
  • Fam-Trastuzumab Deruxtecan-nxki
  • Fareston (Toremifene)
  • Faslodex (Fulvestrant)
  • Femara (Letrozole)
  • Fluorouracil Injection
  • Fulvestrant
  • Gemcitabine Hydrochloride
  • Gemzar (Gemcitabine Hydrochloride)
  • Goserelin Acetate
  • Halaven (Eribulin Mesylate)
  • Herceptin Hylecta (Trastuzumab and Hyaluronidase-oysk)
  • Herceptin (Trastuzumab)
  • Ibrance (Palbociclib)
  • Infugem (Gemcitabine Hydrochloride)
  • Ixabepilone
  • Ixempra (Ixabepilone)
  • Kadcyla (Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine)
  • Keytruda (Pembrolizumab)
  • Kisqali (Ribociclib)
  • Lapatinib Ditosylate
  • Letrozole
  • Lynparza (Olaparib)
  • Margenza (Margetuximab-cmkb)
  • Margetuximab-cmkb
  • Megestrol Acetate
  • Methotrexate Sodium
  • Neratinib Maleate
  • Nerlynx (Neratinib Maleate)
  • Olaparib
  • Orserdu (Elacestrant Dihydrochloride)
  • Paclitaxel
  • Paclitaxel Albumin-stabilized Nanoparticle Formulation
  • Palbociclib
  • Pamidronate Disodium
  • Pembrolizumab
  • Perjeta (Pertuzumab)
  • Pertuzumab
  • Pertuzumab, Trastuzumab, and Hyaluronidase-zzxf
  • Phesgo (Pertuzumab, Trastuzumab, and Hyaluronidase-zzxf)
  • Piqray (Alpelisib)
  • Ribociclib
  • Sacituzumab Govitecan-hziy
  • Soltamox (Tamoxifen Citrate)
  • Talazoparib Tosylate
  • Talzenna (Talazoparib Tosylate)
  • Tamoxifen Citrate
  • Taxotere (Docetaxel)
  • Tecentriq (Atezolizumab)
  • Tepadina (Thiotepa)
  • Thiotepa
  • Toremifene
  • Trastuzumab
  • Trastuzumab and Hyaluronidase-oysk
  • Trexall (Methotrexate Sodium)
  • Trodelvy (Sacituzumab Govitecan-hziy)
  • Tucatinib
  • Tukysa (Tucatinib)
  • Tykerb (Lapatinib Ditosylate)
  • Verzenio (Abemaciclib)
  • Vinblastine Sulfate
  • Xeloda (Capecitabine)
  • Zoladex (Goserelin Acetate)

How to Protect Your Skin - Products that the pros recommend

The American Cancer Society notes that if you protect your skin from UV radiation, you can help prevent most skin cancers diagnosed in the United States, which number over five million annually. Today, the market is filled with other types of skin-care products with built-in SPF, sunscreens that are lighter and less greasy than those of yesteryear, and clothing with sun protection woven into the fabric. You can reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer by staying in the shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.

Here are sun-care products that the pros recommend.


When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts, which can provide protection from UV rays. If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing is certified under international standards as offering UV protection.


For the most protection, wear a hat that has a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection. If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using sunscreen, or staying in the shade.


Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.


Put on broad spectrum sunscreenexternal icon that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 15 or higher before you go outside. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF), which is a number that rates how well they block UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher.