Melanoma Stories

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Legendary Jamaican singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Marley passed away of melanoma on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36. A sore on Marley’s toe, initially thought to be a sports injury, was later diagnosed as metastatic melanoma.

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Ally Stories »
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In today’s dynamic research environment, there is great value in working as a team. At Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, we know that our ability to unlock the most innovative and effective treatments for melanoma relies on the strengths of our partnerships. We’re fortunate that the impact and presence of our collaboration with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) has become deeply embedded in the fabric of our institution.

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Survivor Stories »
MBS survivor story

It took less than two months for a lump in my neck to go from the size of a large pea to a golf ball. 

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Researcher Stories »

As a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Leonard Zon says, “I certainly never expected I would end up working with fish.” Dr. Zon studies a unique organism: the zebrafish. This one and a half inch fish happens to have a gene set that is very similar to the human gene set. Zon is a pioneer in the zebrafish field and chose to model human diseases using this fish because, “the zebrafish embryo is completely clear, providing a ‘real time’ view of all organs and systems as they develop.” With 3,000 tanks in his lab, he has one of the largest aquaria in the world.  

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Our Founder's Story »

"In 2007, I was diagnosed with Stage II melanoma despite being under the care of a top dermatologist. For several years I had been told the bleeding spot on the bottom of my foot was a wart. After several skin grafts and a difficult physical and emotional recovery, I was horrified to discover the prognosis for advanced stage melanoma had not improved over the past 40 years.

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Family Stories »

On May 4, 2012, I took my nine-year-old daughter Alyssa to the dermatologist for a second time.  In 2009 they had removed a Spitz nevus from her thigh area. At the time we were told that a Spitz nevus is not harmful, but since they can turn cancerous and since experts have a difficult time differentiating them from melanoma, they are typically removed. This time, we were there for a couple of spots that had grown since she started growth hormones the previous March since she is also short stature.  Many spots were checked and okayed, but one of the spots “looked suspicious,” and so they did a biopsy.  It was a small red, raised area on her left forearm.  We were told at the time that skin cancer doesn’t happen in kids under 13.  Alyssa was 9, so it was nothing to really worry about.   A few weeks later, the dermatologist called to say it was melanoma.

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MRA Stories »

It might have been easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of a star-studded Hollywood event this past week in LA as Stand Up To Cancer held its latest prime-time broadcast in support of cancer research.

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