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Last reply 12/10/2013 - 3:57pm
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Hi everyone, 

I wanted to take a second to post some photos (hopefully it worked!) from the recent CURE OM Scientific Meeting. This meeting was held this past Sunday, November 17, 2013, in Philadelphia. Approximately 130 researchers and physicians attended this bi-annual event. 

 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Today's workshop organized by CURE OM, NCI, and SMR- Emerging Research in Uveal Melanoma and Implications for Treatment: Current Status and Future Directions- was opened this morning by CURE OM Co-Founder and Director, Dr. Sara Selig, who gave patient and caregiver perspectives by sharing the words you all shared with us- thank you for helping us open this important international scientific meeting with words from the OM patient/caregiver community! We are hopeful today's meeting will get us closer to a cure!

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Yesterday's international scientific meeting, organized by CURE OM and the NCI, was the largest scientific gathering specifically focused on ocular melanoma yet! CURE OM is working with the NCI to write up a report from yesterday's meeting. The morning sessions were spent sharing research updates from different labs and trials around the world-- including updates from CURE OM research grant recipients. A good deal of the afternoon was spent discussing how to have the best and most effective international collaboration to accelerate clinical trials, and, thus, more effective treatments, for patients and we are making headway developing better collaborative infrastructure for clinical trials and a way to make them more accessible to patients!
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
We had a dynamic panel discussion during Sunday's CURE OM/NCI scientific meeting- discussing the logistics of accelerating international OM clinical trials. Thank you to all who participated-- we are getting closer to more effective treatments for patients, stronger international collaboration, better access for patients, and, ultimately, a cure!

From L to R: Dr. Keith Flaherty, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Dr. Mario Sznol,Yale Cancer Center, Dr. Howard Streicher, National Cancer Institute, Dr. Takami Sato, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Poulam Patel,The University of Nottingham, and Dr. Richard Carvajal, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

 
Best, 
Molly

The battle was lost, but the war must go on until a cure is found.

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Last reply 11/21/2013 - 5:15pm
Replies by: Molly- CURE OM

Hi Everyone!

It is hard to believe that the 2014 CURE OM Eyes On A Cure Patient and Caregiver Symposium is just 3 1/2 months away! Our planning committee is busy constructing an educational and enjoyable symposium. CURE OM continually strives to bring you the most up to date information, as well as cover the educational topics that you as a community want to see covered. 

We want to hear your input, as the OM community. It is because of this reason that the Eyes On a Cure 2014 Steering Committee constructed this very brief 5 question survey. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so we can continue to provide you with the information that you would like to learn about.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/57V8BDK

 

Thank you!

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Hi everyone!

CURE OM is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Eyes On A Cure Patient & Caregiver Symposium. The upcoming symposium will take place at The Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles, CA. The dates of this symposium are March 1 - 2, 2014.  For more information you can click here: http://bit.ly/19aryYf

If you have any questions please contact cureom@melanoma.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best, 

Molly- CURE OM

The battle was lost, but the war must go on until a cure is found.

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Last reply 10/25/2013 - 2:06pm
Replies by: Shelby - MRF, lak

I am looking for ideas on questions that newly diagnosed eye pateints should ask their ocular oncologists- suggestions please

 

Then what one should ask one s liver surgeon

 

questions for interventionsis

 

questions for oncologist.

 

Please all think what would be good questions we should ask

 

thanks

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Last reply 10/24/2013 - 3:20am
Replies by: Anonymous, Chris Jordan, ThatHomeschoolDad

Just wanted to let everyone know that the CURE OM forum will be hosting a Q & A session with Dr. Harbour on Wednesday 12/5/2012 from 9am EST to 9pm EST.  Post your question on the forum and they will then be forwarded on to Dr. Harbour.  Answers to the questions will be posted on the forum on Monday 12/10/2012.  Also, don't forget about the CURE OM facebook page, that can be found at the following link.

http://www.facebook.com/cureom

Here is the link to Dr. Harbour's segment on CBS Sunday morning.  While yes, the segment was short and geared more towards genetic testing, we must keep in mind that OM was on a national news show.  

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57556650/a-need-to-know-the-worst-n...

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New research focused on ocular melanoma is being presented today at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting-- research showing the first systemic treatment to have an impact in metastatic uveal melanoma... here are a couple links to articles about the research that came out today at the ASCO meeting:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/01/us-cancer-melanoma-eye-idUSBRE...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/06/01/melanoma-drugs-exte...

 

Warms Regards,

Sara - CURE OM

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We're at md anderson and I think they're going to try to treat my husband's metastic ocular melanoma with revlimid and sorafenib.  Has anyone heard of these or have taken them for metastic om?  Please help.  Margaret

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Last reply 8/17/2013 - 1:44pm
Replies by: lak, NameMax, Anonymous, Chookapa

My brother has been offered a clinical trial for AEB071 at Dana Farber.  Has anyone with metatastic ocular melanoma tried this drug on a different clinical trial?  If so what were the side effects and was it successful?

Thanks, Anne

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This question was posted on the CURE OM Facebook page today, and I thought it was worth reposting here.  

Even though they share the name melanoma, there are many differences between ocular melanoma and cutaneous melanoma. How do you educate others about the differences?

One great way is to direct them to the CURE OM web page where these differences are highlighted: http://www.melanoma.org/learn-more/types-of-melanoma/cure-ocular-melanoma/what-is-ocular-melanoma

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Last reply 7/29/2013 - 4:45am

I had my first Yervoy infusion on Friday (2/1) and actually had a side effect not from the Yervoy but from the Benadryl they gave me pryer to the infussion. Belive it or not I have never taken Benadryl in any form. Aside from this cancer, I really have never been one to get sick. The last time I was sick was about 15 years ago when there was a bad flu hitting.
Anyway...I started feeling very strange and felt like I was going to pass out, but not really dizzy. It was like a hyper anxioty about something about to happen, alone with a feeling I was going to pass out. My blood pressure dropped from 120/72 to 88/65. They opended the iv and flushed my vein. It fianlly went away after about ten minutes. 
Anyone else here have this happen? If so, did they use something other than Benadryl before the next infusion/

The only side effect I had from the Yervoy (if it really was one) was a few back to back adrenalin head rushes later that night. I was a little bit slow to get going the next day, but have felt fine since.

Jerry

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Hello everyone, 

I wanted to remind you about tomorrows free webinar titled Ocular Melanoma Survivorship: Living with the Psychosocial Impacts of OM.  The webinar takes place tomorrow afternoon from 4pm to 5pm EDT.  Registration is required, and remains open.  Please click on the following link to register for tomorrows event.  

http://www.melanoma.org/get-involved/ocular-melanoma-webinar-survivorship

If you are unable to participate during this time, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the CURE OM webpage at a later date.  

 

Best, 

Molly

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Hello everyone, 

The May 9 CURE OM Liver Directed Therapies webinar is now up and running on our website!  Here is the link to the webinar:  http://www.melanoma.org/get-involved/cure-om-webinar-liver-directed-therapies

There is a short login that will have to be done prior to viewing the webinar.  

As a reminder, the next CURE OM Webinar titled Ocular Melanoma Survivorship: Living with the Psychosocial Impacts of OM will be held on July 9, 2013 from 4 pm to 5 pm EDT.  Registration is free and can be found here:  http://www.melanoma.org/get-involved/ocular-melanoma-webinar-survivorship

Best, 

Molly- CURE OM

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Good evening everyone!  I wanted to bring your attention to the upcoming Post ASCO teleconference that will be taking place on Thursday June 13, 2013 from 4 to 5 pm EDT. 

Dr. Lynn Schuchter and Dr. Leslie Fecher will provide callers with a recap of the 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting that was held in Chicago from May 31 - June 1, 2013, including the latest on melanoma treatment options, clinical trials and research.  

Information on how to join the teleconference can be found by clicking the following link:

http://www.melanoma.org/get-involved/2013-post-asco-teleconference

 

Best, 

Molly- CURE OM

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Last reply 6/5/2013 - 12:09pm
Replies by: paperdetective, Anonymous, edamaser, joelcairo, eyecancerny

Dear Friends,

This past Sunday, May 5, 2013, an article appeared in the Review section of the New York Times written by a resident in internal medicine.. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunday/the-cancer-of-optimism.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 

The title is "The Cancer of Optimism."  I was horrified and very agitated by the opinions expressed.  These ideas have repeatedly been espoused by other author/doctors in several other articles during the past couple of years.  I am very concerned that they will come into the mainstream.  If they do they will harm the efforts we are trying to encourage in a forum such as this.  We are taking upon ourselves the responsibility to find out as much as possible about our disease, then make our own choices about courses of action.  We all are also fueled by hope, hope that the medical predictions might be wrong, that we might secure for ourselves a few more days or weeks of life, and that by sharing our knowledge and by serving in clinical trials we may be of help to others

The article assumes that the patient knows only what the doctor tells him, and that it is up to the doctor to direct the patient into a course of action or non-action.  It considers hope on the part of the patient in the face of a terminal disease to be a detriment, not to be encouraged, and it makes no mention whatsoever of clinical trials.

This is the letter I wrote to Dr. Warriach:

 

Dr. Warriach, to give you the benefit of the doubt, I don't think you know how much this article is insidiously demeaning to patients.

 You assume that physicians have a lock on "the truth," that only they are privy to medical information pertinent to the patient.  Thankfully patients have found the key, in the form of the internet, which not only allows them to verify the doctor's "truth," but to learn many other truths that the doctor has failed to convey.  The medical world no longer is able to keep secrets from patients, nor should they.

 The doctor's obligation is not only to convey the situation as knowledgeably as he can, but to share all the options available, along with their risks and benefits.  It is not his job to choose a course of action for the patient, or to impose his values upon the patient's choice.  You apparently assume that what course to take is the physician's choice; it is most certainly the patient's choice.  What an arrogant assumption.

 I find it strange that nowhere in the article is the concept of clinical trials.  These represent both hope for the patient, as well as an opportunity for him to make a contribution to knowledge, to give something to those who go after him, offering him a sense of usefulness, rather than completely focusing on himself. 

 This common omission of suggesting the option of clinical trials to patients is astounding in light of the desperation of researchers to find patients for their trials.

Hope can and does co-exist with knowledge of the "truth," one involves the intellect, the other emotions.  A person can know the sad scientific truth of his prognosis, and also have hope that it may not be accurate.  To extinguish that flicker of hope is cruel.  It is that very hope that may give the patient the wherewithal to live until his grandson's bar mitzvah

Though I am considered terminal, I have survived 10 years past a 6-month prognosis by having hope that enabled me to join many clinical trials.  Despite the fact that my prognosis sticks to me, and most certainly always will, I feel well and am looking forward to my grandson's bar-mitzvah in a few months.

Thank you for taking the time to listen,

Esther Damaser, Ph.D.

Yellow Springs, OH

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Dear All,

I wanted to make sure you are aware of our upcoming 2-part webinar series:

Part 1: "Ocular Melanoma Survivorship: Living With the Psychosocial Impacts of OM"

This webinar will be held on July 9, 2013 from 4-5pm EDT.

We hope you will be able to join us for this survivorship webinar featuring social worker, Arewa A Banjoko, MSW, LCSW, genetic counselor, Susan E. Walther, MS, CGC, and genetic counselor, Lisa Kessler, MS, CGC. These three speakers will collaborate to bring you key information on living with the psychosocial impacts of an ocular melanoma diagnosis.

 

Part 2: A webinar focused on the caregiver experience will be held in early fall, led by two oncology trained social workers.  More details are forthcoming.

 

FREE registration for the 1st webinar can be found at this link: http://www.melanoma.org/get-involved/ocular-melanoma-webinar-survivorship

 

Warm Regards,

Sara - CURE OM

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