Cancer

Rare melanoma type highly responsive to immunotherapy

Desmoplastic melanoma is a rare subtype of melanoma that is commonly found on sun-exposed areas, such as the head and neck, and usually seen in older patients. Treatment is difficult because these tumors are often resistant ...

Cancer

Lung cancer driver ALK-fusion found in melanoma

Melanomas caused by sun exposure have been matched with targeted treatments and immunotherapies, in many cases dramatically extending patients' lives. However, there are other kinds of melanoma not related to sun exposure ...

Cancer

Pregnancy does not increase expectant mothers' melanoma risk

Expectant mothers need not be concerned that they are more prone to develop melanoma, or will have a worse prognosis if they do get this serious skin cancer, than women who are not pregnant, according to study results published ...

Medical research

Eye melanoma, media hype, and genomic medicine

Melanoma of the eye presents a case study in the value of diagnosing by phenotype (symptoms and physical presentation) versus assessing risk genotype – a discussion that may impact ongoing efforts to sequence gazillions ...

Cancer

Lymphatic endothelial cells promote melanoma to spread

The lymph vessel endothelial cells play an active role in the spread of melanoma, according to the new study conducted at the University of Helsinki. The researchers found that growing human melanoma cells in co-cultures ...

Cancer

A new unexpected key player in melanoma development identified

Identification and functional validation of proteins involved in tumorigenesis are essential steps toward advancing cancer precision medicine. In the Journal of Clinical Investigation researchers from VIB, KU Leuven (Belgium) ...

Cancer

Psychological intervention tackles fear of melanoma recurrence

A new psychological intervention has been shown to significantly reduce melanoma survivors' fear of their cancer returning. The study, published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, comes as Australia marks Mental Health ...

Cancer

Using computers to aid melanoma detection

The deadliest skin cancer is melanoma, which will be responsible for over 9,000 deaths in the United States in 2017. Melanoma is unique among cancers in that it arises as a visible and identifiable mark on the surface of ...

Cancer

New procedure brings chemo to melanoma

The choice between saving one's limb or one's life may seem obvious. However, surgical oncologist Cristina O'Donoghue, MD, MPH, knows the decision is emotionally wrenching for patients with advanced melanoma or sarcoma in ...

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