Friday, 13 June 2014

Benefit/risk assessment in patients- really good webinar!

This was a really good webinar organised by EMA, EFPIA and CASMI

The cancer community can learn a lot from the experience of the rare disease groups!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Watch the space- NIVO post-Ipi coming soon in Europe

For patients who have progressed on Ipi-

Friday, 6 June 2014

Patient on intermittent MEK/ BRAF combo for 85 weeks

Absolutely worth reading!!

On/ off treatment of the BRAF/ MEK combo is possible and can lead to a long time on treatment- this patients has been on it for 85 weeks!

Unexpected MEK1 Mutations Not Cause of Potent Melanoma Drug Resistance

Not from ASCO but on my list of noteworthy!

The previously held belief (it was very much thought of the day when Peter was diagnosed with Melanoma) that resistance to BRAF inhibitors (like Dabrafenib or Vemurafenib) is caused by the acquisition of new mutations in MEK1 turns out not to be true as patients who have mutations both in BRAF and MEK1 from the beginning still respond to the drugs-

read the details here!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

ASCO 2014

I am currently at ASCO - see the separate ASCO blog! Thanks to the great Masterclass from the European School of Oncology, I got to know many other advocates in other cancers- many of which are now here, too. It is good to learn from others' insights, Melanoma unfortunately doesn't have the organisation other cancers have- and the faster we learn and the better we get at advocating, the better for Melanoma patients!

Best regards from Chicago!