Pediatric & Mucosal Melanoma

The MRF has recently begun to focus on the rarer subsets of melanoma including pediatric/ AYA and mucosal melanoma. 

Pediatric Melanoma

Although pediatric and AYA (adolescent and young adult) melanoma is quite rare, the incidence is rising. Each year the MRF sponsors an Annual Pediatric Summit so that families can come together and learn the latest in medical treatments, research, and find support. The MRF is guided by the Pediatric Steering Committees,  consisting of two different groups: the Scientific Steering Committee and the Parent Steering Committee. These volunteers dedicate their time and efforts to advancing the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pediatric melanoma. In 2019, the MRF will offer its first ever Career Development Award for pediatric research.

Mucosal Melanoma

Mucosal melanoma is a rare form of melanoma that is found in the mucous membrane. In addition to raising awareness of this disease through the MRF “Out of the Shadows” video, the MRF has funded several mucosal melanoma research grants throughout the years, as well as provided funding support for a 12-institution biomarker trial for patients with mucosal or acral lentiginous melanoma who will be treated with combination checkpoint inhibitor. Biospecimens from patients on this trial will be collected in the MRFBC Virtual Repository to support research that explores which patients will respond.