To the Twilight Zone & Back – Ian Schuman’s Story

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 25 March 2020 In Melanoma Stories

For Ian Schuman, the news of his melanoma diagnosis came as a shock. For him, it all started in the spring of 2018 when he noticed a small lump on his left collar bone. As part of preliminary testing before the surgery to remove it, he also had a biopsy.

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Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know

24 March 2020 In News, Policy, Science, Treatment

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected in the United States and many other countries.

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Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Detect Melanoma Earlier

2 March 2020 In Science

As an internist, Dr. Joann Elmore was taught to ask questions. Those questions led her to spend much of her career in breast cancer research where she found extensive variability among radiologists’ interpretation of mammograms. “Radiology data is subjective, just like art. You’re being asked to classify visual data,” Elmore says.

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Keeping You Connected to the Melanoma Community

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 18 February 2020 In Allies & Partnerships

With the launch of the brand-new Inspire App, the Melanoma > Exchange community is getting even better. Available for iPhone and iPad – the app was designed from the ground up to make connecting and sharing even easier and as mobile as you are.

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Combination Therapy: Why Timing Might Be Everything

By Rachel Fischer, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Scientific Program and Grants Administration | 13 February 2020 In Science

About half of all melanomas have a mutated BRAF gene. This mutated gene makes an altered BRAF protein, which leads to the uncontrolled growth of melanoma cells. Drugs targeting these altered BRAF proteins, such as Vemurafenib and Dabrafenib have been approved for the treatment of BRAF+ melanoma.

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Clinical Trials to Watch: Intralesional Therapies for Melanoma

By Kristen Mueller, Ph.D., MRA Scientific Program Director | 8 February 2020 In Science, Treatment

To an outsider, the number of new treatment options for melanoma may seem to be moving at a breakneck pace. Checkpoint immunotherapy and BRAF/MEK inhibitors have greatly improved outcomes for many late-stage melanoma patients, with over 50% of patients on combination ipilimumab/nivolumab still alive after 5 years.

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Stage 4 Melanoma, a Vaccine Clinical Trial, and the Power of Family & Faith

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 7 February 2020 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

“Clinical trials allow you to take advantage of the latest research and experiences from doctors and patients who’re blazing the trails. Clinical trials are also a way for you to help the next person who is going to have to go through this. If you have the opportunity to be part of something that helps others, why wouldn’t you at least try it?”

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Melanoma Research Advances – 2019 in Review

By Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 27 January 2020 In Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

During 2019, melanoma research continued its rapid pace of advancement, with FDA approval of a new adjuvant therapy treatment option, several first-in-human clinical trials, and significant progress towards earlier intervention.

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2020 Melanoma Mortality Rates Decreasing Despite Ongoing Increase in Incidence

By Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 9 January 2020 In News, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Each January, the American Cancer Society (ACS) releases updated estimates about trends in new cancer cases and deaths in its annual report, Cancer Facts and Figures. This report highlights the estimated incidence (number of new cases), prevalence (number of people alive today with a history of cancer), and survival statistics for...

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Doubling Down on Rare Melanomas

16 December 2019 In Science

Acral, uveal, and mucosal melanoma – known collectively as ‘rare melanomas’ – represent a type of black hole for the clinical community. We know far less about them—what causes them, how they progress, and how to effectively treat them.

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