Keeping You Connected to the Melanoma Community

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 18 February 2020 In Allies & Partnerships

With the launch of the brand-new Inspire App, the Melanoma > Exchange community is getting even better. Available for iPhone and iPad – the app was designed from the ground up to make connecting and sharing even easier and as mobile as you are.

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Combination Therapy: Why Timing Might Be Everything

By Rachel Fischer, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Scientific Program and Grants Administration | 13 February 2020 In Science

About half of all melanomas have a mutated BRAF gene. This mutated gene makes an altered BRAF protein, which leads to the uncontrolled growth of melanoma cells. Drugs targeting these altered BRAF proteins, such as Vemurafenib and Dabrafenib have been approved for the treatment of BRAF+ melanoma.

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Clinical Trials to Watch: Intralesional Therapies for Melanoma

By Kristen Mueller, Ph.D., MRA Scientific Program Director | 8 February 2020 In Science, Treatment

To an outsider, the number of new treatment options for melanoma may seem to be moving at a breakneck pace. Checkpoint immunotherapy and BRAF/MEK inhibitors have greatly improved outcomes for many late-stage melanoma patients, with over 50% of patients on combination ipilimumab/nivolumab still alive after 5 years.

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Stage 4 Melanoma, a Vaccine Clinical Trial, and the Power of Family & Faith

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 7 February 2020 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

“Clinical trials allow you to take advantage of the latest research and experiences from doctors and patients who’re blazing the trails. Clinical trials are also a way for you to help the next person who is going to have to go through this. If you have the opportunity to be part of something that helps others, why wouldn’t you at least try it?”

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Melanoma Research Advances – 2019 in Review

By Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 27 January 2020 In Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

During 2019, melanoma research continued its rapid pace of advancement, with FDA approval of a new adjuvant therapy treatment option, several first-in-human clinical trials, and significant progress towards earlier intervention.

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Free Event: Melanoma > Exchange Patient & Advocate Forum

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 23 January 2020 In Events, Science, Treatment

Join MRA on February 26, 2020 for an exciting half-day conference to learn about cutting-edge advances in melanoma, the research pipeline, and the latest in melanoma prevention and early detection.

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2020 Melanoma Mortality Rates Decreasing Despite Ongoing Increase in Incidence

By Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 9 January 2020 In News, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Each January, the American Cancer Society (ACS) releases updated estimates about trends in new cancer cases and deaths in its annual report, Cancer Facts and Figures. This report highlights the estimated incidence (number of new cases), prevalence (number of people alive today with a history of cancer), and survival statistics for...

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Doubling Down on Rare Melanomas

16 December 2019 In Science

Acral, uveal, and mucosal melanoma – known collectively as ‘rare melanomas’ – represent a type of black hole for the clinical community. We know far less about them—what causes them, how they progress, and how to effectively treat them.

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Brown Skin Too: If You Have Skin, You Can Get Skin Cancer

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 6 December 2019 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention

While pervasive, the myth that people of color don’t need to worry about skin cancer, is entirely untrue. And while the rates of skin cancer among people of color are lower than rates for people with lighter skin, low risk doesn’t mean no risk.

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Approaches to Neoadjuvant Treatment in Melanoma: A Public Workshop Organized by the FDA and MRA

13 November 2019 In Events, Science, Treatment

On November 6, 2019, the FDA and the Melanoma Research Alliance co-hosted a public workshop to identify, discuss, and address key issues, challenges and opportunities in the pursuit of neoadjuvant therapies for patients with surgically resectable melanoma. This exciting, half-day workshop brought together clinicians, researchers, regulators, and patient advocates to explore opportunities and discuss challenges in the development of neoadjuvant therapies for melanoma. The workshop took place at National Harbor (outside of Washington, D.C.) with opportunities to participate in person and via simultaneous webcast.

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