New Therapy Brings Ray of Hope to Melanoma Patients
In the United States alone, one person dies every hour, of melanoma. Statistics show that one in fifty men and women will be diagnosed with this deadly skin cancer. These statistics are frightening, but there is a new ray of hope. Scientists say a new experimental therapy that literally trains the body’s immune system to battle the disease is showing great promise.
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. The most common cause of melanoma is UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. Often, Melanoma resembles moles that are usually black or brown, but can be pink, red, purple, blue or white. Each year melanoma kills an estimated 9,710 people annually in the United States. If recognized and treated early, melanoma is all most always curable.
Todd Greenlee has been battling melanoma for over a year. He had a tennis ball sized lump in his left armpit. He had the lump surgically removed, but the cancer returned. Seeing no other options, Todd’s doctor recommended that he enroll in a new clinical trial.
In this new therapy, t-cells are removed from a patient then they are genetically modified. Doctors actually engineer the cells to improve the way that they work. This modification helps them to target cancer cells.
High doses of chemotherapy is used to wipe out the bodies other t-cells. Now the new t-cells can recognize cancerous cells and kill them.
Greenlee is winning the battle one step at a time. His latest CT scans have shown that some spots have even disappeared. Greenlee is a fighter. This is not his first battle with cancer. He has all ready survived two brain tumors.
This clinical trial is currently recruiting cancer patients. It is being conducted at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. The trial is open to patients with metastatic melanoma that have no other options.
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