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Profiles in Courage

April 30, 2011 | Categories: Patient Stories

After two days of board meetings and tons of other activities I was exhausted.  But I ran to the airport and jumped on an 8:15 flight last night, arriving in St. Louis just before 10:00.  A shuttle bus to the car rental place, then an hour and a half drive to check in to the Sleepy Inn, just around midnight.  I had to get up at 6:00 so I could arrive at 7:00 at the site of a run/walk event.

Shying Away From Sun Increases Melanoma Risk

April 22, 2011 | Categories: Causes, Prevention

That is the headline in an article by Dr. John Briffa, a UK physician.  Citing a 2008 article in the British Medical Journal, the author claims that melanoma incidence is less in areas where people have greater sun exposure.  From this he concludes that UV radiation offers a protective effect against melanoma.

Profile in Courage

April 14, 2011 | Categories: Patient Stories

I won’t give her name here, but her story is worth telling.  She was a young woman when she found an odd mole on her back.  Simple surgery, but the path report came back as melanoma.  She didn’t know then that melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but she learned quickly.  Her doctor, though, didn’t believe the path report.  He had another report done and then told her it was nothing to worry about.  She moved on with her life and a couple of years later m

EPIC FAIL

April 5, 2011 | Categories: Treatment

To say that a patient failed a treatment is to use fairly common jargon in describing a situation in which the patient is no longer benefitting from that treatment.  That doesn’t mean it is the right thing to say, however….

Where the Sun Don't Shine

April 5, 2011 | Categories: Causes

About 2/3 of melanomas are caused by exposure to UV radiation.  Often the damage is done in the days of our youth, and only manifested later in life.  So if people were very careful about their exposure to UV radiation we would see the death rate from melanoma drop by thousands of people each year.

A Hero Called "ipi"

March 25, 2011 | Categories: Treatment

The news is not a surprise.  We have been waiting for it for days.  Maybe years.  I was sitting in my office this morning when the phone rang.  On the line was a colleague telling me the news—the FDA has approved a new drug for metastatic melanoma.

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