WOODBURY - Scientists are heralding two new drugs as big breakthroughs in the treatment of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

The medications showed never-before-seen survival gains in trials, experts say.

One of the drugs is directed at a specific mutation involved in the formation of skin tumors. The other stimulates the immune system to fight off tumors.

Last year, there were 68,000 new cases of melanoma in the U.S. and some 8,700 deaths.