President Carter could get treatment that may help extend his life

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Melanoma begins on the skin but can quickly travel into the body most often to the liver and brain.

The spot on President Carter's skin likely went unnoticed - until doctors discovered a lesion on his liver. Now, with four more lesions on his brain, Carter announced he`ll begin radiation.

But there`s another treatment he`ll likely receive - one that may help extend his life.

Stage 4 melanoma is a terminal diagnosis.

But in the last five years immunotherapy has helped patients put up a better fight against the deadly disease.

The therapy works by stimulating the body`s own cancer fighting cells.

Known as T-cells - they already recognize the cancer - they`re just not working well enough to contain the growth of tumors.

With Immunotherapy, doctors inject antibodies to help the t-cells better see and kill cancer cells.

The treatment is not effective in every case but immunotherapies are the first to impact a large number of patients

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