Recent General Skin Cancer News

Check It Out: May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month (May 1, 2017)

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Although the majority of skin cancers fall under basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas (number of cases estimated to be around... Continue Reading

Promising Activity of Pembrolizumab in Merkel Cell Carcinoma (June 14, 2016)

Treatment of 26 patients with advanced previously untreated Merkel cell carcinoma with Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) every three weeks resulted in an overall response rate of 56% suggesting this novel therapy... Continue Reading

National "Check Yourself to Protect Yourself ALL YEAR" Campaign Highlights Need for Year-Round Skin Cancer Prevention (November 12, 2015)

Although one in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetimes, 65 percent of people of color don’t believe they are at risk and face lower survival rates as a result. To change these odds,... Continue Reading

Patients with Multiple Squamous Cell Carcinomas Should be Frequently Monitored (October 21, 2015)

Patients with multiple sites of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer) have a significantly increased risk of developing a recurrence or spread to their lymph nodes, warranting frequent... Continue Reading

Food and Drug Administration approves Odomzo for treatment of basal cell carcinoma (August 13, 2015)

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved Odomzo® (sonidegib, formerly LDE225) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma (laBCC) that has recurred following surgery... Continue Reading

New Treatment Options Emerging For Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma (December 3, 2014)

Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed type of skin cancer. Most cases can be treated with surgery or other types of local treatment and are not life threatening. In the most severe cases,... Continue Reading

Progress in the Treatment of Advanced Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers (November 14, 2014)

By one estimate, over the past three decades more people in the United States have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.1 According to the American Cancer Society, 3.5 million cases of basal... Continue Reading

Sonidegib Demonstrates Benefit in Advanced Basal Cell Skin Cancer in Phase II Trial (June 13, 2014)

An experimental drug sonidegib (LDE225) appears to markedly shrink tumors in patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma according to results recently presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American... Continue Reading

Surgery May Not Be Best in Elderly Patients with Nonfatal Skin Cancer (June 28, 2013)

Although skin cancer is often treated with surgery, older patients with a limited life expectancy may not benefit from this treatment approach because they may endure complications and not live long enough... Continue Reading

Some Squamous Cell Skin Cancers Are Deadly (June 19, 2013)

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is usually easily treated with surgery; however, a subsection of patients with specific disease risk factors are more likely to develop metastases and die from the disease,... Continue Reading

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