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Melanoma is a form of cancer that begins in melanocytes (cells that make the pigment melanin). It may begin in a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as in the eye or in the intestines.
New study uncovers way to characterize black box of malignant melanoma

New study uncovers way to characterize black box of malignant melanoma

When malignant melanoma metastasizes to the brain, it is a death sentence for most patients. Metastatic melanoma is the deadliest of the skin cancers and the mechanisms that govern early metastatic growth and interactions of metastatic cells with the brain microenvironment remain shrouded in mystery. [More]
Study finds no significant decline in indoor tanning use among school children after under-17 ban

Study finds no significant decline in indoor tanning use among school children after under-17 ban

Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Public Health shows no significant decline in indoor tanning rates among children under age 17 following a ban on such use in New Jersey enacted in 2013. [More]
Researchers identify genetic causes underlying higher rate of melanoma in men

Researchers identify genetic causes underlying higher rate of melanoma in men

A study led by researchers at Universitat Jaume I de Castellón has identified one of the genetic causes underlying the higher rate of melanoma in men. The results have been published in Biology of Sex Differences. [More]
Study shows many nonmelanoma skin cancer patients still get sunburned

Study shows many nonmelanoma skin cancer patients still get sunburned

A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins concludes that a substantial number of people with a history of the most frequent kind of nonmelanoma skin cancers still get sunburned at the same rate as those without previous history, probably because they are not using sun-protective methods the right way or in the right amounts. [More]
New method helps characterize immune cells in tumor tissues

New method helps characterize immune cells in tumor tissues

Despite recent achievements in the development of cancer immunotherapies, only a small group of patients typically respond to them. Predictive markers of disease course and response to immunotherapy are urgently needed. [More]
Research shows biglycan molecule plays key role in determining tumour malignancy

Research shows biglycan molecule plays key role in determining tumour malignancy

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have demonstrated that a molecule, called biglycan, plays an intrinsic role in attracting tumour cells toward the inner wall of tumour blood vessels. [More]
Study finds evidence that PD-1 antibody may benefit men with metastatic prostate cancer

Study finds evidence that PD-1 antibody may benefit men with metastatic prostate cancer

Restoring tumor-specific immunity is a treatment strategy that works well in melanoma and lung cancer patients. Now a new study out of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is reviving hope that the approach also may help men with life-threatening prostate cancer. [More]
Researcher aims to make early detection of melanoma faster, cheaper without need for biopsy

Researcher aims to make early detection of melanoma faster, cheaper without need for biopsy

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that becomes dangerous when it spreads, but is treatable in its early stages. Doctors diagnose melanoma by cutting away a piece of a suspicious skin lesion -- a procedure known as a biopsy -- and testing it for malignant cells. [More]
New treatment approach may benefit relapsed post-transplant blood cancer patients

New treatment approach may benefit relapsed post-transplant blood cancer patients

For many patients with advanced blood cancers, a stem-cell transplant can drive the disease into remission. However, about one-third of these patients experience a relapse and face a very poor prognosis. [More]
UCLA scientists identify mechanisms of tumor resistance to immunotherapy in advanced melanoma

UCLA scientists identify mechanisms of tumor resistance to immunotherapy in advanced melanoma

UCLA researchers have for the first time identified mechanisms that determine how advanced melanoma can become resistant to immune checkpoint inhibitors, a discovery that could lead to the development of new and improved treatments for the deadliest type of skin cancer. [More]
Immunotherapy drug combination shows prominent therapeutic effect against advanced and metastatic cancers in mice

Immunotherapy drug combination shows prominent therapeutic effect against advanced and metastatic cancers in mice

A drug combination designed to enhance the immune system's ability to zero in and attack cancer cells has shown a pronounced therapeutic effect against advanced and metastatic cancers in mice, according to a Mayo Clinic study, published in the July 12 edition of the online journal Oncotarget. [More]
FAU researchers aim to find new ways of detecting cancer micrometastases

FAU researchers aim to find new ways of detecting cancer micrometastases

What is the likelihood of a patient developing cancer again after having a tumour removed? This is the question that experts in medicine and medical informatics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität aim to find answers to in a new research project in which they will be researching micrometastases that can form new tumours years after skin cancer, for example, has been treated successfully. [More]
New study finds no significant harm in melanoma screenings by primary care providers

New study finds no significant harm in melanoma screenings by primary care providers

A new study of more than 1,000 primary care melanoma screenings in the western Pennsylvania area in 2014 suggests that overall the practice complies with the old medical maxim to "first do no harm." [More]
UCLA researchers develop new combination therapy to activate immune response against glioblastoma

UCLA researchers develop new combination therapy to activate immune response against glioblastoma

UCLA researchers have developed a new breakthrough combination treatment that utilizes a vaccine to activate an immune response against advanced brain tumors. [More]
Scientists identify how tumor cells exploit function of mitochondria to support cancer proliferation

Scientists identify how tumor cells exploit function of mitochondria to support cancer proliferation

As the powerhouse of the cells, mitochondria are critical for every organism because of their role in producing energy while also controlling survival, but how they function in cancer is still not completely known. [More]
Immunotherapy in conjunction with drugs could be effective in treating pancreatic cancer

Immunotherapy in conjunction with drugs could be effective in treating pancreatic cancer

While immune therapy has proven effective in treating certain types of cancer, especially lung cancer and melanoma, tumors of the pancreas remain among the most difficult to treat and, so far, are impervious to immune-based therapies. [More]
Scientists develop new vaccine to stimulate both innate and specific adaptive response

Scientists develop new vaccine to stimulate both innate and specific adaptive response

Though a variety of immunotherapy-based strategies are being used against cancer, they are often hindered by the inability of the immune response to enter the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and to effectively mount a response to cancer cells. [More]
Immunotherapy-treated cancer patients may develop rheumatic disorders

Immunotherapy-treated cancer patients may develop rheumatic disorders

Oncologists need to be aware of the potential for rheumatological diseases in patients with cancer following treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors, say US investigators. [More]
Compounds extracted from parsley and dill seeds may help fight cancer

Compounds extracted from parsley and dill seeds may help fight cancer

A team of Russian scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, the Institute of Developmental Biology, and the Institute of Cell Biophysics proposed an efficient approach to a novel agents with anticancer activity. [More]
Vice President Biden to host Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C.

Vice President Biden to host Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C.

Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will host a Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C. at the White House. Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, will attend. [More]
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