Tim Shiery of Houston, Texas was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in August of 2007. He had spots on his brain, lungs, liver, skin and bone.
Richard W. Joseph, M.D., medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida talks about the most deadly form of skin cancer, known as melanoma. Here he explains the differences in the four stages of melanoma. View all of our "skin cancer" related videos at: http://bit.ly/SkinCancerVideos Dr. Joseph on twitter: http://twitter.com/RichardWJoseph
In this episode of Cancer Newsline, we discuss melanoma when it metastasizes to the brain and the types of therapies used to treat melanoma brain metastases. Learn more about melanoma: https://www.mdanderson.org/cancer-types/melanoma.html Request an appointment at MD Anderson by calling 1-877-632-6789 or online at: https://my.mdanderson.org/RequestAppointment?cmpid=youtube_appointment_melanoma
Cover up and use sunscreen to protect yourself from skin cancer. Sound familiar? Those words of warning should be taken seriously because a certain type of skin cancer called malignant melanoma can kill. How can a tiny mole on your shoulder or leg be so deadly?
Svetomir Markovic, M.D., Ph.D., explains how his research at the Mayo Clinic, which is focused on understanding opportunities to integrate different systemic treatment modalities into more-effective therapies for advanced melanoma.
UCLA neurosurgeon Won Kim, MD, gives an overview of assessing and treating brain metastases, and an update on advancements in the field. Learn more: http://neurosurgery.ucla.edu/ Learn more about Dr. Won Kim at https://www.uclahealth.org/won-kim
Karlee Steele had beaten melanoma twice, once in 2011 and again in 2013, so she was shocked when a year-and-a-half later, she found a swollen node under her arm. After a needle biopsy, she was told the cancer wasn’t outside her skin, but inside, in the nodes under her right arm. It was stage III melanoma. It originated from her second melanoma in 2013. It was so aggressive that it traveled into her lymph nodes where it stayed silent for almost two years. Karlee decided to have surgery at MD Anderson. Following surgery, she enrolled in an immunotherapy vaccine clinical trial. Over time, the immunotherapy worked, gradually shrinking and ultimately eliminating the melanoma. Today, Karlee is cancer-free, no longer in treatment and grateful to have her life back. She credits MD Anderson's Melanoma Moon Shot Program as the driving force to choosing MD Anderson. Read more about Karlee https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/2016/11/melanoma-immunotherapy-clinical-trial.html. Request an appointment at MD Anderson by calling 1-877-632-6789 or online at: https://my.mdanderson.org/RequestAppointment?cmpid=youtube_appointment_melanoma_clinicaltrial
"my melanoma death" as I am dying of cancer. We discuss the melanoma cancer moving from my skin to my lungs, and a lack of treatment options. -- brought to you by "Diaries of a Dying Man" by "Joshua Kline"
Steve Hamilton was diagnosed with melanoma in 2006 after discovering a small bump on the top of his head behind his hairline. After his surgical oncologist removed it along with some adjacent lymph nodes on both sides of his neck, he enjoyed three years of being cancer-free. Three years later, a chest X-ray showed shadowing and spots on Steve’s lungs. The melanoma had spread. He had three separate lung surgeries over an 18-month period to remove new growths, but the cancer kept returning. After seeking out the best treatment options, Steve participated in an immunotherapy trial at MD Anderson which saved his life. He is now five years cancer free, and considers himself an advocate for sun safety. Read more about Steve's cancer story: https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/stage-iv-melanoma-survivor--an-immunotherapy-clinical-trial-saved-my-life.h00-159229668.html and https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/stage-iv-melanoma-immunotherapy-treatment-survivor--why-i-don-t-mind-having-visible-side-effects.h00-159228090.html. Request an appointment at MD Anderson: https://my.mdanderson.org/RequestAppointment?cmpid=youtube_appt.
Combination immunotherapy shrank melanoma that has spread to the brain in more than half of the patients in a clinical trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine led by MD Anderson's Hussein Tawbi, M.D., Ph.D.. Of 94 patients in the study combining checkpoint inhibitors ipilimumab and nivolumab, at a minimum follow-up of nine months and a median of 14 months, 26% had a complete response, 30% had a partial response and 2% had stable disease. “As treatment for stage Iv melanoma has improved greatly in recent years, our patients with metastases to the brain have remained the group most in need, they’ve had the worst prognosis, so we are very excited about these results,” said Tawbi, the national study’s principal investigator and lead author. Learn more about this study: https://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/combination-immunotherapy-shrinks-melanoma-brain-metastases.h00-159226512.html Request an appointment at MD Anderson by calling 1-877-632-6789 or by completing our online self-referral form: https://my.mdanderson.org/RequestAppointment?cmpid=youtube_appt.