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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 […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Best Hospitals: Some Tips to Find One

U.S. News and World Report recently named the “best” hospitals in the U.S.   The marketing hype surrounding the list needs to be balanced with the reality of what good care […]

Melanoma patients and their caregivers: Buyer Beware!

Cancer patients and their caregivers are put into a terribly vulnerable position when diagnosed with melanoma. Being in this state of anxiety, which is very normal, pushes folks to desperately […]