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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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