My husband is stage 4 metastic melanoma and we have not seen a melanoma specialist. His oncologist is GREAT and we have alot of confidence in him. But....now I am wondering if we should be seeing an oncologist that specializes only in melanomas. From what I have read his treatment is standard protocol - he is BRAF negative so Yervoy was his drug of choice. Are we wrong not to go to an oncologist specializing in melanomas?!?!?
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Is an Oncologist specializing in Melanoma absolutely necessary?!?!
Melanoma Quick Facts
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide. Consider:
- One in 50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma
People under 30 are developing melanoma at an alarming rate – the incidence soaring by 50% in young women since 1980
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 & the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29
- In 2009, nearly 63,000 people were diagnosed with melanoma in the U.S., resulting in about 8,650 deaths
- The American Cancer Society projects that nearly 77,000 will be diagnosed and 9,500 will die from melanoma this year
- Every eight minutes, someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma
- Every hour of every day, someone will die from the disease