When Cheryl Trocke’s nine-year old son Graham was diagnosed with melanoma four years ago, she quickly learned that when it comes to kids, there were no great treatment options and that care can vary greatly based on where your child is treated. After surgically removing the primary tumor, Graham’s doctors suggested a treatment plan of ‘wait and see.’
In the latest blog post, we chatted with the University of Kentucky’s John D’Orazio, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric hematologist oncologist, and a 2015 MRA grant awardee. Read on to learn what he has to say about melanoma research and prevention efforts.
By: Angela de Jong [caption id="attachment_587" align="alignleft" width="203"] Alyssa was diagnosed with melanoma at age nine[/caption] On May 4, 2012, I took my nine-year-old daughter Alyssa to the dermatologist for a second time. In 2009 they had removed a Spitz nevus from her thigh area.