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Are Melanoma Clinical Trials for You?

Melanoma Clinical Trials Although we now have some newly discovered therapies for melanoma treatment, the promise for treating melanoma lies in clinical trials; where new agents are tried out in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Melanoma Treatment: Finding Your Way

What happens when you blindly follow a GPS to navigate your path? You may get lost and miss the signs along the way! I recently found that my GPS was […]

The Problem & Promise of Clinical Trials

Navigating patients one-on-one brings home the overwhelming complexity they face in trying to choose a clinical trial.  Our recent advances in therapy are revolutionary but still limited. They came about […]