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Drug may prolong lives of advanced melanoma patients

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- An experimental drug is showing promise in prolonging the lives of those with advanced melanoma.

The drug works by blocking damaged proteins caused by a gene mutation while leaving all healthy cells alone.

In early trials, almost every patient with this type of melanoma responded to the drug.

However, Roche, the company that manufactures the drug, has not revealed how much longer these patients are surviving.

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