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Promising News in Melanoma From ASCO 2017

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

Video information: As part of our coverage from the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, Dr. Ryan Sullivan from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School provides a positive update for melanoma patients. Dr. Sullivan shares positive news related to PD-1 inhibitors and other promising advancements...

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A Message of Hope for New Combination Therapies in Melanoma

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

Video information: In this replay, medical oncologist/melanoma specialist Dr. Michael Postow joins Patient Power host Andrew Schorr online from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to discuss combination therapies for patients with advanced melanoma. In the online chat, Andrew and Dr. Postow discuss how patients can get life-extending treatments...

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Can Video Gaming Build Resilience? You Decide…

Can Video Gaming Build Resilience?   You Decide…

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke | 0 comments

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a recent news story discussed the mental health consequences of disasters. Researcher Jean Rhodes of University of Massachusetts Boston studied the mental health of young parents living in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina. RISK- Resilience In Survivors of Katrina is the project’s name. An...

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How safe and effective is chemotherapy given through the limb in elderly melanoma patients?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the safety and effectiveness of isolated limb infusion in elderly patients with melanoma of the skin on a limb (arm/leg) that could not be surgically removed. The study found isolated limb infusion to be safe and effective in elderly patients.  Some background lsolated limb perfusion (ILP) is a method of...

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Factors of survival and treatment in mucosal melanoma

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined factors associated with treatment and survival in patients with mucosal melanoma (cancer of the moist inner lining surfaces of the body). The study concluded that mucosal melanoma may have a poor prognosis due to late diagnosis. However, certain treatments may improve survival rates. Some background Mucosal...

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Dabrafenib combined with trametinib in the treatment of melanoma brain metastasis

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This review examined the effectiveness of dabrafenib (Tafinlar) and trametinib (Mekinist) for BRAF mutated melanoma with brain metastasis. Researchers concluded that this combined treatment is an important therapy option for patients with advanced melanoma. Some background Some melanoma patients have a mutation (permanant change) in...

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Dabrafenib combined with trametinib is associated with durable responses in metastatic melanoma

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness and safety of combined treatment with dabrafenib (Tafinlar) and trametinib (Mekinist) in patients with BRAF mutated stage 3 or 4 melanoma. Researchers suggested that the combination treatment has durable (3 years or more) results.   Some background Patients with metastatic (spread to...

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Can sentinel lymph node biopsy predict outcome in locally recurrent or in-transit melanomas?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the role of sentinel node biopsy (SLNB) in locally recurrent (LR; when the cancer comes back) melanoma or in-transit (IT; spreads to a lymph vessel before it reaches the nearest lymph node) melanoma. Researchers suggested that SLNB should be performed in these patients. Some background The sentinel lymph node...

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