Early detection is crucial in terms of successfully surviving a melanoma diagnosis. Everyone, regardless of race or skin color, should receive a skin examination from a board certified dermatologist. The American Academy of Dermatology provides a doctor location service via their website.
Located in Bethesda, MD, clinical trials are conducted- at no cost to the patient- to qualified melanoma patients. Dr. Steven Rosenberg oversees the trials as well as the melanoma research funded by Kate's Foundation. To learn more about present and future clinical trial visit www.cancer.gov
Developed by NIH, this site provides patients, family members, health care professionals, and members of the public easy access to information on clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions.
UCLA conducted a study in which they were able to use cord blood to create melanoma killing t-cells. There have been hundreds of success stories with children and adolescents using cord blood to help cure them from melanoma. Check out Cord Blood Bank for more information