Here’s a look back at CURE®’s top-performing melanoma content from the year 2021.
The treatment landscape of skin cancer continues to change, with new research results showing the potential to improve — and lengthen — the lives of the individuals who continue to be affected by the disease.
CURE® took a look back at some of the most-read articles on melanoma in 2021, ranging from side effects and emotional well-being to survivor stories and the latest drug research. Here are the top five skin cancer articles from the past year:
Skin cancer and its treatments can impact both physical and emotional well-being. This article features insight from psychologist Maureen Sanger, about how patients can cope with the psychosocial effects of a cancer diagnosis.
CURE® contributor Robin Zimmerman has had melanoma significantly impact his life more than once. His wife was diagnosed with it in 2004, and after four years of treatment for the disease, died in 2008, Later in 2014, Zimmerman was diagnosed with early-stage melanoma that was removed. In this blog, he shares both experiences. “Fear feeds prevention. Hope feeds diagnosis and treatment,” he says.
Thiazide diuretics, which are commonly used to lower high blood pressure, may increase the risk of skin cancer in individuals who are aged 66 or older, one study found. Patients should talk to their health care team about potential risks and personal and familial cancer history before starting therapy with one of these drugs.
Immunotherapy drugs have brought significant improvements in the management of many cancer types, including melanoma. However, since these checkpoint inhibitors activate the immune system to fight cancer, they come with their own set of side effects that may lead to increased visits to the emergency room and higher health care costs.
Research published this year showed that adding Avastin (bevacizumab) to the chemotherapies carboplatin and paclitaxel improved overall survival and progression-free survival (the time a patient lives without their disease getting worse) in people with metastatic mucosal melanoma.
Continue to stay up-to-date on the latest melanoma advances through CURE®’s skin cancer page.
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