In this medical video learn how a new cream kills a specific type of melanoma and eliminates the need for surgery
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Jennifer Matthews: Relaxing in the kitchen is a treasured moment for Susan Eslick and her husband Tom. Susan was diagnosed with melanoma three years ago. Susan Eslick: You sort of hope for the best, you know, and maybe prepare for the worst. Jennifer Matthews: Surgery could have removed her cancer altogether. It also would have left a big scar in the middle of her face. But Susan found a doctor who offered an alternative. Susan EslickI just thought it was a great opportunity to sort of be a guinea pig, if you will, for some terrific research that was being done." Jennifer Matthews: Dartmouth Doctor Shane Chapman is studying the cream Imiquimod (Aldara) to treat lentigo maligna melanoma, a cancer that affects the skin's surface. Dr. Shane Chapman: We can cut out the skin, but repairing it is a different story. Jennifer Matthews: The cream is a welcome alternative to this scar surgery can leave behind. Dr. Shane Chapman: It actually turns on, or triggers, an immune response. So what it's doing is basically causing cell destruction." Jennifer Matthews: You can see that destruction at work on this mans face that red inflammation is a sign that cream is working. Dr. Shane Chapman: We are using our own immune systems to treat the cancer in a very smart, specific, directed way. Jennifer Matthews: Studies show this cream is 93% effective at destroying this type of melanoma. Dr. Shane Chapman: The patients that have been treated with this are very grateful. Jennifer Matthews: Susan was his first patient, and she couldn't be happier. Susan Eslick: It was the best of all possible outcomes." Jennifer Matthews: With no trace of the cancer in sight Susan can now focus on making memories with here husband. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.