For years, there was little, if anything, doctors could offer for advanced or spreading melanoma, the potentially fatal form of skin cancer.
But that was then.
“The landscape has totally changed and for the first time we have been able to essentially cure metastatic disease. What was once fatal now has real hope,” says Mona Mofid, MD, FAAD, Medical Director, American Melanoma Foundation and a dermatologist in San Diego, Calif.
Take former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, for example, she says. Diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in his ninth decade, he is now cancer-free. “I personally have four patients who had metastatic disease in the brain or lung whose melanoma is now undetect