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The MPIP is the oldest and largest community of people affected by melanoma hosted through the Melanoma Research Foundation. It is designed to provide support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. Once you have been touched by melanoma—either as a patient or as a family member or friend of a patient—you become part of a community. It is not a community anyone joins willingly. But if you must be part of this group, you will find no better place to find the tools you need in your journey with this cancer, and the friends who can make that journey more bearable.

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NIH study in mice uncovers pathway critical for UV-induced melanoma

I wanted to share this..it was released today...http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jan2011/nci-19.htm

 

Embargoed for Release
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
1 p.m. EST

Contact:
NCI Office of Media Relations
301-496-6641

New Drug Update

Roche/Genentech/Plexxikon just announced that their BRAF inhibitor that has been so much in the news hit it's primary endpoints in a Phase III study.  They have gathered enough data to show that the drug provides both Progression-Free Survival (PFS) and Overall Survival (OS). 

The best I can tell, here is what we know about this drug:

--it is applicable only to patients who have BRAF V600 mutation, which is about half of all melanoma patients;

New Melanoma Therapy App

A friend just sent me this link.  The article is very interesting... click the link to cancercommons at the end.... then Melanoma Therapy App.
http://wtop.com/?nid=104&sid=2236525

Kelly

Just had first biopsy

Hi, I'm new to this board. I watched a mole grow for - I don't even know how long- maybe a year. It was kind of cute - a heart shape, oddly over the top my left breast kind of where you think of your heart being. It started to itch last summer. My husband told me to get it checked. This was denial on my part, I put it off. I went in a couple weeks ago to my family doctor and asked him for a full body scan for skin cancer. He looked at the mole and agreed - set me up with a Derm in the same clinic.

Be encouraged~keep the faith!

Although it has been a while since I have been on here due to things taking a bad turn, I just wanted to post one last post in memory of my loving husband John.  John was carried by angels to his home in heaven Tues Jan.

need advice from fentanyl patch users.

im hoping that someone can give me advice about using fentanyl patches. i have been using one (100mcg/h) for about 6 months now. in the past few weeks,  i have begun to notice that by the second day of wearing the patch, my pain becomes stronger and i have wierd sensations in my legs - almost like restless legs but not quite as severe. i start taking my breakthrough meds on the second day which helps with the pain, but also relieves the sensations in my legs.

Looking for Dr. in NC

A melanoma warrior has moved to NC due to husbands military orders.  She is stage IV and in desperate need of a good doctor.  I was hoping to find some recommendations for her.

Thank you!

New application for melanoma therapy

There is a new application created by Marty Tenenbaum, an E-commerce guy who has melanoma. Here is the link to the article as well as the application...looks interesting!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/16/AR201101...

http://therapy.collabrx.com/

best treatment for liver mets

I have some new liver mets and was wondering what are the most effective treatments for liver mets.  I do not think they are good candidates for surgical removal, it is more multiple areas of uptake spread throughout the liver.

Any ideas?

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