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Immunotherapeutic options in advanced melanoma

Immunotherapeutic dermatology

Dermatologists and dermato-oncologists are playing an increasingly important role not only in diagnosis of melanocytic lesions, but also in the surgical, adjuvant and stage IV treatment of melanoma patients, says Simone Ribero, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Turin, Italy. Speaking in a melanoma session at the 26th European Academy …

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Does the Mole Always Come Before the Melanoma?

Mole Melanoma

Hello. I’m Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy, a practicing internist, Medscape advisor, and senior medical director for WebMD. Welcome to Morning Report, our 1-minute news story for primary care. Do Melanomas Arise From Preexisting Moles? It’s a widely held assumption that melanomas are malignant transformations of moles. But it turns out that …

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Do we need pigment to develop melanoma?

melanoma

New insights into the pigment pathway are improving the understanding of how immunotherapy works in melanoma, David E. Fisher M.D., Ph.D., said in a plenary presentation at 26th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress in Geneva. The findings may help improve the efficacy of these novel agents beyond the minority …

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Could a small molecule prevent melanoma in redheads?

melanoma in redheads

If you are a redhead, you have likely spent most of the summer attempting to escape those skin cancer-causing rays that seem to victimize you more than others. But a new study may allow redheads to enjoy the sunshine a little more, after finding a potential strategy to reduce their risk of …

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How to best evaluate children’s melanocytic lesions for melanoma

children's melanocytic lesions

Children often present for evaluation of a melanocytic lesion that is new, evolving, or worrisome to parents and caregivers. “In the pediatric health care system, malignant melanoma is considered an especially heinous crime. In San Diego, dedicated pediatric providers who identify this disease are members of an elite squad known …

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