Melanoma Update

The other day I wrote about the increasing prevalence of melanoma here in Arizona.  This bad news has finally been offset by some good news.  There are some new drug therapies being created which show real promise in extending the lives of people with advanced melanoma.  Significantly, the drugs represent two different ways to combat the cancer.  One attacks the melanoma directly while the other increases the power of the patient’s own immune system.  Although neither of the two new drugs cures melanoma and the increase in life expectancy so far is relatively short, they represent new hope and new lines of attack against a deadly disease.

Here is a link to news about the new drugs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/health/research/06melanoma.html?_r=1&hp

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