FDA Approves Two Drugs, Companion Diagnostic Test for Advanced Skin Cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new drugs, Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib), for patients with advanced (metastatic) or unresectable (cannot be removed by surgery) melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
Former Pro Football Coach Bill Cowher Tells Men “No Excuses” When it Comes to Getting Screened for Melanoma
A new survey shows that when it comes to getting screened for skin cancer, one in six men avoid going for fear of the results they will receive. To address this lack of action and empower men to take an active role in their skin health, former professional football coach Bill Cowher is teaming up for a second time with leading melanoma advocacy groups and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company on the educational campaign Melanoma Exposed: Screen. Protect. Know. Tell.
Lymphoseek Approved to Help Locate Lymph Nodes in Patients with Certain Cancers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Lymphoseek Injection, a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent that helps doctors locate lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer or melanoma who are undergoing surgery to remove tumor-draining lymph nodes.
New Therapies for Treating Advanced Melanoma
While melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is highly curable when detected and treated early, the same is not true for more advanced cases of melanoma – particularly when the disease has spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body.
New Treatment Approved for Most Common Type of Skin Cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Genentech’s™ (vismodegib) for the treatment of adults with basal cell carcinoma (the most common type of skin cancer) that has spread to other parts of the body, that has come back after surgery, or that their healthcare provider decides cannot be treated with surgery or radiation.
New Guidelines of Care for Treatment of Melanoma
Based on an extensive review of scientific literature and the recommendations of recognized melanoma experts, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has released updated evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Melanoma Treatment Choices by Stage
The following are brief descriptions of the treatments most often used for each stage of melanoma.
Stages of MelanomaThe stages used for melanoma are defined.