Catherine Poole's Archive

From Outside the Halls of ASCO

Richard Joseph, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine/oncology at Mayo Clinic. His Hematology/Oncology fellowship was completed at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is a voting member of the NCCN […]

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TIL Therapy for Melanoma: Magic Bullet? Or?

TIL Therapy also known as the ACT or adoptive cell transfer, is a therapy of great interest to many patients. There are some small trials currently ongoing at the National […]

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Taking Care of the Caregiver

Calls and emails coming into the Melanoma International navigation services are often initiated by a caregiver. Their role has become increasingly important for comprehensive patient oncology care! Caregivers tend to […]

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Discerning Hype from Hope

The media often has an exciting story headline that there is a new “cure” for melanoma. But before you get your hopes up, read further into these articles. Often it […]

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Compassionate Use Isn’t Compassionate to All

The much reported story of Josh, a 7 year old child who needed an antibiotic drug not yet FDA approved to save his life, had a happy ending where his […]

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Melanoma Research: Without Patients, It Doesn’t Exist

MIF makes the trek to Chicago for ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) where each year more than 25,000 cancer researchers attend the conference to share and learn about therapy […]

Expanded Access Program (EAP): Patients Are a Virtue!

A happy day arrived last week for melanoma patients! Merck announced the promising melanoma therapy, PD1, is going to be made available to those who have failed prior therapies. This […]

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Schmidt’s Scary Ordeal

We, at Melanoma International, are always disheartened to hear of another melanoma diagnosis. Mike Schmidt’s stage III melanoma has certainly changed his attitude about the sun (“it is evil”} and […]

A Mission Springing from the Heart, but Focused with the Brain

Charities often spring up from a heartfelt mission because of a life changing event. In the case of MIF, it was from my experience with melanoma that shook me to […]

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Don’t Be Afraid to Disagree with Your Doctor

I really thought I was an expert at navigating an illness, until my grandson was diagnosed with a rare disorder. As I hit the web for information, I found nothing […]

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