Recent Skin Cancer News

Tafinlar® + Mekinist® Demonstrates Long Term Survival Benefit for BRAF Mutation-Positive Metastatic Melanoma (April 5, 2018)

CancerConnect News: Metastatic melanoma patients with the BRAF V600 mutation treated with the combination of Tafinlar® (dabrafenib) + Mekinist® (trametinib) can experience long term cancer free survival... Continue Reading

PD-1 Antibody Cemiplimab Appears Promising for Treatment of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin (February 2, 2018)

Cemiplimab an investigational human antibody targeting PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1), is yet another “checkpoint inhibitor” that was evaluated in 82 patients with advanced cutaneous squamous... Continue Reading

Start 2018 Right: Plan for Cancer Screening and Save Lives! (January 5, 2018)

Screening guidelines should initiate conversations with your healthcare team.  Charles H Weaver MD, Editor CancerConnect CancerConnect News: The goal of cancer screening is to find disease at early stages... Continue Reading

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation (May 17, 2017)

The development of skin cancer is certainly a risk for any individual, but particularly for those of us who spend time in the outdoors. As summer approaches it’s important to keep in mind that by taking... Continue Reading

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

FDA Approves Bavencio as First Treatment for Merkel Cell Cancer (March 31, 2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Bavencio (avelumab) for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma... Continue Reading

Epacadostat Plus Keytruda® Appears Effective in Melanoma (October 11, 2016)

The treatment combination consisting of epacadostat plus Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) appears effective in the treatment of advanced melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that often starts in the form... 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

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