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.
â€œThe 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,â€ 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. â€œI personally have four patients who had metastatic disease in the brain or lung whose melanoma is