— The Mayo Clinic has added kidney infection treatments to its list of treatments for melanoma, and the news has caused a ripple effect across the U.S. A study published Thursday by the American Journal of Medicine says it could soon be common to see the drug-like treatments on shelves, and it’s possible to get them without a doctor’s prescription.
The study was led by Dr. Jonathan Weisman, who is also the associate director of the Mayo Clinic’s Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.
“If you get kidney infection, and then melanoma goes away, it could lead to a recurrence of kidney infection,” Weisman said.
“We don’t know if this is a real thing, but I think we can all imagine the outcome of patients who get these drugs.”
He said melanoma could be prevented or slowed if the drugs were administered through an eye doctor, and if the patient can keep up their usual diet.
The drug-maker has yet to make the drugs available to the public, but they are already available to patients through the MayoClinic, which is the largest provider of such treatments in the U