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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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

Beirut Explosion Costs Children’s Access to Cancer Treatment, Researchers Find Intestinal Bacteria ‘Supercharges’ Immunotherapy, and More

August 14th 2020

From the recent Beirut explosion compromising pediatric oncology hospitals, to researchers looking at how intestinal bacteria can supercharge targeted immunotherapies, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.

FDA Approves Tecentriq in Combination with Cotellic and Zelboraf for Patients with Advanced Skin Cancer

July 31st 2020

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Tecentriq in combination with Cotellic and Zelboraf for the treatment of patients with BRAF V600 mutation-positive advanced melanoma.

The Future of Melanoma Treatment May Be Complex, But 'Where There's a Will, There's a Way'

July 28th 2020

Research in the melanoma space is finding itself facing complex challenges in implementing CAR-T cell therapy, but according to one expert these challenges are not insurmountable.

Investigating a Health Gap in Skin Cancer

July 23rd 2020

CURE Community Vlog: One Patient's Journey With Merkel Cell Carcinoma

July 11th 2020

“You have to speak up. What you don’t say is the most predictive of the care you don’t get.”

Speaking Out: Taking Action Against Skin Cancer

July 4th 2020

Patients can pick from a growing array of treatments, from same-day- results surgery to game-changing immunotherapy, to fight the most common type of cancer.

FDA Approves Keytruda for Recurrent/Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

June 24th 2020

The Food and Drug Administration approved Keytruda to treat patients with recurrent or metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma that cannot be treated with surgery or radiation.

Tafinlar and Mekinist Improve Long-Term Survival in Patients with BRAF Positive Melanoma

June 19th 2020

“The relapse-free survival curves for both treatment arms appear to be reaching a plateau, which is a good sign if we are talking about cure,” said lead study author Dr. Axel Hauschild.

Medal of Honor Recipient Dies from Lung Cancer, Mother-Daughter Duo Release Book to Inspire Families Experiencing Breast Cancer, and More

May 29th 2020

From a five-year-old patient with liver cancer receiving a birthday surprise to a mother-daughter duo releasing a children’s book to help families going through breast cancer treatment, here’s what is making headlines in the cancer space this week.