New Melanoma Drug May Extend Survival

“Melanoma that has spread from its initial location to other areas of the body is almost always fatal, but a new drug appears to double survival for those with this skin cancer, researchers report. “

“Dr. Michele S. Green hails this study in U.S. News & World Report: “This finding is significant in that there is nothing right now for this kind of cancer. It’s basically a death sentence,” she says. That the researchers showed improved survival is clinically significant and, if the drug were given for early-stage melanoma, it could improve survival even more, with an eventual cure for melanoma. “

“There’s new hope every single day for melanoma, Dr. Green says. “I think in our lifetime we are going to see cures for this cancer.” “

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