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Another Melanoma Treatment Approved

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

There was suprising news today. While everyone expected the drug to be approved, it was done early. This announcement brings joy to a melanoma survivor, but I also can't help remembering my friend Amy who lost her fight earlier this year.

Zelboraf is the second melanoma drug to be approved by the FDA this year and the first therapy approved that targets a specific gene mutation. The FDA’s announcement follows the March approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Yervoy, a therapy designed to stimulate a person’s immune system to attack the cancer. Prior to 2011, the FDA had not approved a new melanoma treatment in 13 years.

For the article: www.melanoma.org/learn-m
ore/first-gene-targeted-dr
ug-melanoma-approved-fda


Amy was involved in many clinical trials along the way in hopes of finding a treatment-but they were too late for her. I know she is smiling up there that progress has been made-and that someone will benefit from this news.

Previous article on Amy:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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  • SRHALLIN
    It is fantastic news that there is a new melanoma treatment; but, my heart does go out to you for the loss of your obviously beloved and loving friend.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this news with us.
    3447 days ago
  • MTNGRL
    I saw this on the news last night and said a prayer of thanks. I am sure Amy is smiling about this new drug and because of people like her we are able to to have this new treatment.
    3448 days ago
  • LOULOUBELLE2
    Great news for all of us survivors of Melanoma...and I bet Amy is smiling too. She may have even been instrumental to some of the outcomes. We'll never know that for sure, but can thank her and many like her that led the way to this new treatment. Tank you for posting this news.
    Hugs and sending prayers your way.
    3448 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    THIS IS GREAT NEWS... AND I'M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS.... THANKS FOR SHARING..
    3449 days ago
  • HOWLERMOM
    Thanks for the update -- I'm sure it's bittersweet for you. emoticon
    3449 days ago
  • JUNEBUG1944
    Wow! That's great. Sorry about Amy, such a shame.
    3449 days ago
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