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FDA approves wider use of melanoma drug Yervoy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to expand the use of the melanoma drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) to a wider group of melanoma patients. Yervoy is a monoclonal antibody that was first approved in 2011 to treat late-stage melanoma in patients who are not candidates for surgery. The new indication allows Yervoy to be given as an adjuvant therapy for patients with stage III melanoma. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. If recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable. However, if left untreated, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the ... Read More

Modified herpes virus kills melanoma cells in clinical trials

A genetically modified form of the herpes virus was shown to significantly prolong survival in patients with late-stage melanoma, results that researchers say could possibly be duplicated in patients with other types of cancer. The therapy, called T-VEC, works by infecting and killing cancer cells and prompting the immune system to fight cancerous tumors. The treatment has produced fewer side effects in patient than traditional therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, and doesn’t harm healthy tissue or cells. The worldwide study, led by the Institute of Cancer Research in the United Kingdom, focused on melanoma, the deadliest form of ... Read More

Alabama nurse’s Facebook selfie shows scabs of skin cancer treatment

An Alabama woman’s Facebook selfie showing her severely scabbed face after skin cancer treatment,  which is serving as a warning to others about the hazards of tanning and skin cancer, has gone viral. “If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like.” Willoughby wrote in her Facebook post. Tawny Willoughby, 27, who is a registered nurse, says she spent much of her teen years perfecting her tan lying in the sun and in tanning beds as much as four to five times a ... Read More