Finding the Magic Formula

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 7 February 2018 In Science, Treatment

Modern immunotherapy, with melanoma as its poster child, is changing the way we treat cancer - for good. But, so far at least, it isn't helping everyone. Many scientists believe that there isn't a single silver bullet to unleash the awesome power of our immune systems - and instead - that the future of oncology is finding just the right combination of therapies that push and pull from different directions to multiply and enhance each other's effectiveness.

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"I Thought I Knew Myself, but I Missed It."

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 7 February 2018 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention

Jim can’t say enough about his dermatologist who was able to detect his melanoma early enough so that more invasive treatment wasn’t necessary. “I see myself every day. I thought I knew myself, but I missed it. I see her twice a year, and those visits are quick, but she didn’t miss it. She was all over it.” The vigilance of his dermatologist may have saved Jim’s life.

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We Challenge You! Join the Melanoma Research Alliance and the Your Cancer Game Plan Challenge!

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 31 January 2018 In Allies & Partnerships

We’re excited to announce that we’ve joined Merck on the Your Cancer Game Plan Challenge, a social sharing program that will help us raise funds and continue our support of melanoma patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and others.

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The Hidden Costs of Cancer

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 12 January 2018 In Melanoma Stories, Treatment

The National Cancer Institute estimates that between 33 and 80% of cancer survivors exhaust their savings to finance their medical expenses. Up to three percent of survivors file for bankruptcy, 260 times more frequently than similar households not affected by cancer. Not only is this financially devastating for families, this hardship was the strongest predictor of the quality of life for cancer survivors.

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The Microbiome, is it the Deciding Factor for Immunotherapy Success?

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 10 January 2018 In News, Science

It's been nearly seven years since the first FDA-approved checkpoint inhibitor for melanoma came on the market and doctors, researchers, and patients all keep asking: "who is most likely to benefit from immunotherapy? How can we make this work for more people?" Thankfully, the answer may be closer than we thought and the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other bugs - which make up our microbiome - may have something to say about it.

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Creating a New Generation of Melanoma Models

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 8 January 2018 In Allies & Partnerships, Science

We all can remember the eruption that happened when our 1st grade science teacher combined vinegar and baking soda together to represent a volcano. In some ways, this is just like experiments that take place every day in the search for better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for melanoma. In both instances, the researcher uses models to represent systems and phenomena that would otherwise be difficult or unethical to touch, see, or manipulate. Models are powerful things and we use them every day to make things easier to understand. In science, modeling is an essential component of our scientific process.

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New Year, New Grantees An Insider's Perspective into MRA Grantmaking

By Tasheema Prince, MRA Scientific Program Manager | 5 January 2018 In Allies & Partnerships, Science

New goals and time for personal reflection; the start of a year is an exciting time for many. It is also an action-packed time for the Melanoma Research Alliance's grantmaking process. As the Scientific Program Manager at MRA, I get a front row seat as we do our part to drive towards breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of melanoma.

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FDA Approves Nivolumab in Adjuvant Setting - Is it a Big Deal?

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 21 December 2017 In News, Science, Treatment

The US FDA approved the use of nivolumab (Opdivo) in the adjuvant setting on December 20, 2017. This means that nivolumab may be used to treat melanoma patients with lymph node involvement or metastatic disease after complete surgical resection to reduce the risk of their disease recurring.

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Introducing Clinical Trial Navigator: Start Searching Today

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 5 December 2017 In Allies & Partnerships, News, Science, Treatment

At MRA, we know that advancing science is our best bet in the fight against melanoma. More than 87,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, and with these numbers on the rise, researchers are working harder than ever to find new and better treatment options. In fact, there are over 300 clinical trials happening in melanoma right now.

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Connecting the Dots – Clinical Trials and Patient Engagement

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 15 November 2017 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories, News

MRA is thrilled to announce the launch of the Melanoma > Exchange, a melanoma treatment and research focused discussion group and support community. Through the Melanoma > Exchange, anyone touched by Melanoma can find support, ask questions, and build community among people who share a similar experience.

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