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CURE’s skin cancer page is an extensive resource of cancer information featuring the latest skin cancer news, expert oncologist insights on the latest cancer treatments, oncology research, advocacy efforts, and medical data on skin cancer.

Effects of Keytruda Sustained After 3.5 Years in High-Risk Melanoma

April 23rd 2021

In patients with resected high-risk stage 3 cutaneous melanoma, distant metastasis-free survival at 3.5 years was 65.3% in patients treated with Keytruda compared with 49.4% in those treated with placebo, which was also consistent in patients with PD-L1-positive tumors.

Keytruda Shows Promise for Certain Patients with Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

April 22nd 2021

Keytruda demonstrated clinical benefit for patients with recurrent and metastatic disease, according to an expert.

Delayed Surgery Possible With Surveillance in Patients With Sentinel Lymph Node Positive Melanoma

April 20th 2021

Active surveillance in sentinel lymph node positive melanoma could delay surgery but may result in the same risk of the cancer coming back.

Chronic Side Effects from Anti-PD-1 Therapy Use in Patients with Advanced Skin Cancer More Common Than Previously Believed

April 12th 2021

Chronic immune-related adverse events from anti-PD-1 therapy occur in many patients with advanced melanoma, but shouldn’t deter them from seeking treatment that can provide long-term survival, according to an expert from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

FDA's Libtayo Approval Offers Another Option for Skin Cancer Subtype With Previous 'Historically Limited' Treatments

April 8th 2021

An expert spoke with CURE® about the FDA’s recent approval of Libtayo to treat patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma who previously had only one therapy option for locally advanced disease.

Immunotherapy, Other Therapies May Have Improved Overall Survival in Melanoma Brain Metastasis

March 19th 2021

FDA approval of immunotherapies and BRAF/MEK inhibitors may have impacted overall survival, with a change from seven months between 2010 and 2014 to 13 months between 2015 and 2019.

Indoor Tanning Won’t Cure Seasonal Affective Disorder

March 8th 2021

As the winter months stretch on, those looking to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may be tempted to use indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanning devices. Not only is indoor tanning a dangerous habit, it does not successfully treat SAD.

What’s Next After Hedgehog Therapy Fails for Basal Cell Carcinoma?

March 1st 2021

A patient with recurrent basal cell carcinoma discusses his cancer journey, his latest challenge and how he’s now prioritized quality of life over quantity.

In Plain English—Intratumoral Injection: Boosting the immune response against metastatic melanoma by the direct injection of immunotherapy into tumor masses

February 23rd 2021

Intratumoral injection—the boosting of the immune response against metastatic melanoma by the direct injection of immunotherapy into tumor masses—is a promising treatment method because it’s effective AND it seems to cause fewer toxicities for the patient than combination systemic immunotherapy.

Friendship is Forever

February 16th 2021

Gina Roller’s best friend, Kerri-Lynn Larimer, adopted and lived by the motto “crazy not to” long before she was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma.

FDA Approves Libtayo, The First Immunotherapy for Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma

February 9th 2021

The Food and Drug Administration has granted an accelerated approval to Libtayo for the treatment of patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, who were previously treated with a hedgehog pathway inhibitor (HHI) or for whom an HHI was not appropriate.

Why Is the Tissue Bank So Important For Melanoma Research?

February 9th 2021

We answer this question with the help of Mohammed Kashani-Sabet, M.D., the Director, Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment; and Medical Director, Cancer Center, California Pacific Medical Center.

What is Oral Parity, and Why Does it Matter?

February 2nd 2021

We answer this question with the help of a pharmacist at a large oncology practice who wishes to remain anonymous.

Avastin Plus Chemotherapy Improves Progression-Free and Overall Survival in Mucosal Melanoma

January 27th 2021

Avastin, in combination with carboplatin plus paclitaxel (types of chemotherapy), improved progression-free survival and overall survival compared with those who received chemotherapy alone for patients with untreated advanced mucosal melanoma.

Opdivo Plus Yervoy Improves Survival for Patients with Rare Form of Eye Cancer

January 25th 2021

Combination treatment with Opdivo and Yervoy may have better overall survival rates for patients with metastatic uveal melanoma.

Savoring Every Ounce of Life While Undergoing Treatment for Skin Cancer

January 14th 2021

In this episode of the “CURE Talks Cancer” podcast, we spoke with someone who has undergone 41 surgeries and physically debilitating treatments during his more than 15-year journey with several cases of skin cancer. We discussed his cancer journey, and why, as he starts a new treatment after his most prior therapy failed, he’s focused on quality rather than quantity of life.

The Top 5 Skin Cancer News and Updates That Patients May Have Missed in 2020

January 6th 2021

A roundup of some skin cancer news and updates that occurred in 2020 that patients may have missed.

AI May Further Expand Prediction of Immunotherapy Response

December 1st 2020

Machine learning may be used to predict disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma.

Learning About Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

November 19th 2020

In this episode of the “CURE Talks Cancer” podcast, we spoke with Dr. Ezra Cohen and two patients with advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma about the disease, its treatments and their recommendations for others.

When Weighing Treatment Options for Cancer, It’s Important to Get More Than One Opinion

November 13th 2020

“The concept that people have sometimes is that they put doctors on a pedestal, which is fine,” Bud Green said. And they somehow think that all doctors are kind of the same, and they're all as good. And I think that they need to see that different specialties look at things from a different perspective.

Keytruda Continues to Show Sustained Survival Improvement in High-Risk Skin Cancer

November 6th 2020

Patients with resected, high-risk, stage 3 melanoma who were randomized to receive Keytruda (pembrolizumab) achieved a three-year recurrence-free survival rate of 63.7% compared to 44.1% in patients randomized to placebo.

5 Tips For A First Time Patient With Cancer

November 3rd 2020

A two-time cancer survivor looks back at her cancer journey and offers 4 tips for a first-time patient with cancer.

Adherence to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Reduce Deaths From Cancer

November 3rd 2020

Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs may provide a mortality benefit in women with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer, breast cancer and melanoma, although more research is needed to confirm this potential association.

Sociodemographic Factors Suggest Barriers to Care for Patients with Metastatic Melanoma

September 16th 2020

Recent immunotherapy approvals for patients with metastatic melanoma has widened the treatment landscape, but new research shows that patients associated with positive sociodemographic factors are more likely to receive immunotherapy.

5 Reports on Skin Cancer Patients May Have Missed

September 15th 2020

CURE® compiled a roundup of five recent reports patients with skin cancer may have missed.

Speaking Out About the Future of Skin Cancer Treatment

September 3rd 2020

In this episode of the “CURE Talks Cancer” podcast, we spoke with Dr. Jeremy Brauer, on behalf of the Skin Cancer Foundation, about current treatment strategies and the future of the disease.

Friday Frontline: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judge Len Goodman Reveals Skin Cancer Surgery, Washington Football Team Coach Ron Rivera Says He Will Continue Coaching Despite Cancer Diagnosis and More

August 28th 2020

From Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera announcing he has cancer but plans to continue coaching this season, to ”Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman revealing he had surgery to remove skin cancer from his face, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.

Patients Appear Receptive to Use of Artificial Intelligence for Skin Cancer Screening

August 25th 2020

“Through patients’ eyes, augmented intelligence may improve health care quality but should be implemented in a manner that preserves the integrity of the human physician-patient relationship,” the authors wrote.

Frontline Libtayo Could Help Patients with Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Avoid Surgery

August 24th 2020

Dr. Jennifer L. Atlas notes that while these results could lead to a paradigm shift, surgery and radiation aren’t being eliminated as treatment options.

Personalized Vaccine Shows Long-Term Survival Benefits for Patients with High-Risk Skin Cancer

August 19th 2020

“With data showing a two-fold increase in disease-free survival with the vaccine alone and in combination with checkpoint inhibitors, we hope to one day change the narrative for people with melanoma — turning this disease into a chronic condition that can be treated and managed over time,” said Dr. Mark B. Faries.