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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Nanotech Drug Delivery Shows Promise for Improved Melanoma Treatment

Dec. 10, 2015 — A new three-drug delivery system for cancer treatment, especially metastatic melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has been developed by researchers. The work has demonstrated that the system ... read more

A Dietary Sugar That May Prevent Melanoma from Metastasizing Identified

Dec. 8, 2015 — A rare sugar found in seaweed, mushrooms, seeds and other foods may be able to help treat skin cancer, new research shows. The sugar, called L-fucose, has previously been linked to a number of ... read more

New Class of Inhibitory Compounds Developed to Aid Melanoma Treatments

Dec. 3, 2015 — A pharmacology researcher has helped create a class of inhibitory compounds that can strongly enhance the effect of anti-tumor drugs for ... read more

Scientists Identify Promising New Melanoma Drug

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new, first-in-class compound halts tumor growth by disrupting protein production, report scientists, who say that the new drug may show promise for treating skin cancers that are resistant or ... read more

How Immune Cells Resist Radiation Treatment

Nov. 24, 2015 — A key mechanism has been discovered by which radiation treatment (radiotherapy) fails to completely destroy tumors. Now, they offer a novel solution to promote successful radiotherapy for the ... read more

FDA Approves Adjuvant Yervoy in Melanoma

Nov. 13, 2015 — Based on the results of EORTC trial 18071, the FDA expanded the approval of Yervoy (ipilimumab) in melanoma to include adjuvant treatment of patients with stage 3 melanoma at high risk of recurrence ... read more

Kidney Failure and Its Treatment May Impact Cancer Risk

Nov. 13, 2015 — Risk of kidney and thyroid cancers was especially high when kidney failure patients were on dialysis, researchers have discovered. Conversely, risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, melanoma, lung cancer, and ... read more

Melanoma's Genetic Trajectories Are Charted in New Study

Nov. 12, 2015 — An international team of scientists has mapped out the genetic trajectories taken by melanoma as it evolves from early skin lesions, known as precursors, to malignant skin ... read more

Gut Bacteria Can Dramatically Amplify Cancer Immunotherapy

Nov. 5, 2015 — Introducing certain bacteria into the digestive tracts of mice with melanoma can help their immune systems attack tumor cells. The gains were comparable to treatment with anti-cancer drugs known as ... read more

Newly Discovered Tumor-Suppressor Gene Affects Melanoma Survival

Oct. 26, 2015 — Scientists have found a tumor suppressor gene, RASA2, that drives a particularly deadly form of melanoma as well as regulates a key protein, RAS, that is a major oncogene. The discovery is ... read more

Massive Screen of Drug Combinations May Find Treatment for Resistant, BRAF-Mutant Melanoma

Oct. 26, 2015 — A new combination of drugs has been discovered that may be effective against one of the deadliest cancers, malignant melanoma. The combination -- pairing a drug targeted against mutations in the BRAF ... read more

Vitamin B3 Derivative Cuts Risk of New Skin Cancers

Oct. 21, 2015 — A year of treatment with nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, significantly lowered the risk of common, non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk patients, according to new ... read more

Special Class of T Cells Shown to Both Attack Cancer Cells and Enlist Other Immune Cells

Oct. 15, 2015 — New insights about a subset of T cells has been shared by researchers, that suggest that they appear to both inhibit cancer growth and enhance the tumor-killing powers of other immune ... read more

Comparing Total Body Examination Vs. Lesion-Directed Skin Cancer Screenings

Oct. 14, 2015 — Total-body examination found a higher absolute number of skin cancers but lesion-directed screening performed by a dermatologist appeared to be an acceptable alternative screening method in a Belgian ... read more

Surgical Resection Prolongs Survival for Patients Whose Melanoma Has Spread to the Abdomen

Oct. 8, 2015 — Surgical removal of melanoma that has metastasized, or spread, to the abdomen appears to help patients live more than twice as long as those who receive only medical therapy, according to study ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Antioxidants can double the rate of melanoma metastasis in mice, new research shows. The results reinforce previous findings that antioxidants hasten the progression of lung cancer. People with ... read more

Gay, Bisexual Men Report Higher Rates of Indoor Tanning, Skin Cancer Than Heterosexual Men

Oct. 7, 2015 — Gay and bisexual men were up to six times more likely than heterosexual men to take part in indoor tanning, and twice as likely to report a history of skin cancer, according to a study. Conversely, ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — It is recommended that melanoma patients perform a thorough skin self-exam on a regular basis to look for potential disease recurrence or new melanomas. Research, however, shows that fewer than 15 ... read more

Training for Patients With Melanoma and Their Partners on Skin Examinations

Sep. 30, 2015 — Training on skin self-examination to aid early detection could be extra beneficial for patients with melanoma and their partners who report having low relationship quality because it gives them ... read more

Drug Combination Improves Progression-Free Survival in Melanoma Patients

Sep. 27, 2015 — Patients with advanced melanoma skin cancer survive for longer without their disease progressing if they have been treated with a combination of two drugs, nivolumab and ipilimumab, than with either ... read more

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