Category: Treatment


Recordings from MRA's 2024 Patient Forum

27 February 2024 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, Prevention, Science, Treatment

MRA’s 2024 Patient Forum brought together melanoma patients, survivors, advocates, and their loved ones to provide lay-friendly, state-of-the-science education and promote collaboration.

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Improving Communication With Your Melanoma Care Team

20 February 2024 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, Treatment

Good communication is always challenging but can be especially so when you are undergoing treatment for melanoma. That’s because navigating our modern healthcare system is often an exercise in decoding complex jargon and knowing the right questions to ask while managing stress and other strong emotions.

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Melanoma Research Alliance Applauds FDA Approval of First Cellular Therapy in Melanoma

16 February 2024 In Events, News, Treatment

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research worldwide, welcomes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to approve Iovance Biotherapeutics’ AMTAGVITM (lifileucel) for the treatment of patients with advanced melanoma in the second line treatment setting.

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Melanoma Immunotherapies & Immune-related Adverse Events: A Conversation with Dr. Alexandra-Chloé Villani

By Tanisha Jackson, PhD - MRA Scientific Program Director | 5 February 2024 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Science, Treatment

Immune-related adverse events (irAEs) are side effects experienced by patients undergoing immunotherapy to treat their melanoma (or other cancer). In November, at the annual Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) meeting, we spoke with Dr. Alexandra-Chloé Villani, an MRA-funded investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital, to learn more about immune-related adverse events and the research she leads in this area.

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100,000 Americans Estimated to be Diagnosed with Invasive Melanoma in 2024

By Joan Levy, PhD - MRA Chief Science Officer | 26 January 2024 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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Where Innovation Meets Impact: MRA 2023 Annual Report

23 January 2024 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, News, Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

MRA is a world leader in advancing transformational science that has caused paradigm shifts in what it means to be diagnosed with and treated for melanoma. The innovative research we support isn’t just changing science — it’s giving patients more treatment options that translate to longer, fuller lives.

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Overcoming Brain Mets & LMD: Sean Wachter’s Melanoma Journey

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Senior Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 22 January 2024 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

Ten years ago, Sean Wachter never expected to have a loving spouse, children, or a life that feels worth living. That’s because, by his own admission, he’s done more living in the past 7 years than he did in the prior 31 as he overcame stage 4 melanoma with leptomeningeal disease...

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New Research Alert: Melanoma and Microbiota: Current Understanding and Future Directions

8 January 2024 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, News, Science, Treatment

A perspective article summarizing the field’s current knowledge on how the gut microbiota affects melanoma response to immunotherapy, and how this knowledge can be used to improve patient outcomes was recently published in the journal Cancer Cell. 

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Clinical Trials to Watch: December 2023

By Joan Levy, PhD - MRA Chief Science Officer | 13 December 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, News, Science, Treatment

Treatment of advanced melanoma has dramatically improved over the past decade with 16 new therapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Even with these treatment advances, 50% of patients with advanced melanoma will either not respond to any of these treatments or their disease will progress creating a...

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Registration Now Open: MRA's 2024 Patient Forum

11 December 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, News, Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Registration for MRA's Melanoma Exchange Patient Forum, held in-person in Washington DC and virtually on Wednesday, February 21, is now open. Register now to hear from leading experts in the melanoma field and have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss, and network with other people who are going through their own melanoma journey.

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