What can we do about it?
On January 8, 2012, I became a Stage IV melanoma patient who had miraculously survived seven years and counting, after seven clinical trials and seven brain surgeries. Few, if any of us, thought back in 2005 when I was first diagnosed and told I had a 15% chance of surviving five years that I would be here more than seven years later.
My hope is that melanoma research can be fast-tracked through a national bank of melanoma tissue from primary tumors. Such a bank will lead to collaborative work on new or competing lines of research that defy prior obstacles, which often must favor securing research budgets over advancing science.
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