Trials providing more hope for patients with widespread Melanoma


2016-01-01 (16:40:11)

RADICAL melanoma treatments being trialled in Perth hospitals are giving hope to patients with severe skin cancer.
The "cutting edge" treatments were eradicating melanomas at extraordinary rates, according to Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research director Professor Peter Leedman.
"For 40 years we've basically had nothing for advanced melanoma - it's been a dreadful outlook," he said.
"Before, if you got widespread recurrent melanoma, your chances of surviving many months had not been very high.
"What we know now is that the combinations of these new drugs are dramatically changing that outlook and we hope that will turn into years."
He said Australian researchers had been "real leaders" in the breakthrough work.
These included Professor Michael Millward from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, where trials were being run.
Various trials are also happening at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
The institute's Kirkbride Melanoma Centre will host a melanoma community forum on December 3 at 5.30pm.
Forum guests will learn about the latest in research and treatments.
To register visit https://www.perkins.org.au/kirkbride/events.

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