Barbara Brown (40) lost her older sister Sinead to malignant melanoma, and memories of her sister - her soulmate and best friend, as she calls her - are both precious and painful. Sinead died just one week after her 31st birthday, a precious occasion that the family celebrated with gusto, ordering their glamorous daughter and sister a much longed-for crème brulee in one of her favourite restaurants. “Skin cancer unfortunately took my sister very early,” Barbara tells Independent.ie. Her classic Irish beauty, with red hair and freckles, meant that she would burn easily in the sun. But she loved the sun, loved to work on her tan, and loved to look well. “She did the odd sun bed… she never reacted well to the sun. She would come out in a heat rash or she would go to Boston to see my brothers and [she would try to get] that last colour you wanted before you came home, she’d come back with a bit of burn on her back.” Out of the blue an open wound … [Read more...] about ‘She had an open wound in her foot… then we were told she had a brain tumour’
Melanoma in 90 year old
In 2014, Judy Perkins was suffering from a metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver and other organs. Doctors told the 49-year-old engineer from Florida that she had two months left to live. Yet nearly four years later, she is still alive and cancer-free thanks to an experimental treatment involving an infusion of her own immune-system cells. Her story provides hope that medicine will develop a new kind of immunotherapy to fight the most lethal forms of cancer. Either there is a radical change or this type of treatment will only be available to an elite Manuel Ramírez-Orellana, researcher “We have seen five patients with spectacular regressions such as this one, including another woman with metastatic colon cancer who has been disease-free for nearly five years,” explains Steven Rosenberg, a surgeon at the National Cancer Institute in the US and the creator of this experimental therapy. “This technique is still in its infancy. We are working … [Read more...] about Woman’s cancer recovery brings fresh hope of medical breakthrough
A YOUNG mum who delayed cancer treatments to save the lives of her unborn twins has died, 10 months after giving birth. Danielle Dick began suffering intense headaches at the beginning of her pregnancy. The 32-year-old, from Goddard, Kansas, dismissed it as “pregnancy brain” side effects for as long as possible, until the debilitating pain left her unable to string a sentence together. Devastatingly, at just 17 weeks’ gestation, Danielle was told she had stage 4 melanoma, and it has spread to her brain. The tragic news came just five years after she had been given the all-clear for skin cancer. Doctors informed Danielle that she would have a 20 per cent change of surviving the cancer for another five years if she began immediate radiation therapy. However, the young mum knew this would kill her unborn babies, and made the heart-breaking decision to refuse treatment. She bravely carried son Colby and daughter Reagan as far as she could manage, giving birth to the … [Read more...] about Mum, 32, who delayed skin cancer treatment to save unborn twins dies 10 months after giving birth
A support service has launched a new series of award schemes to help prevent skin cancer. MelanomaMe was formed in Sunderland two years ago by Kerry Rafferty and Elaine Taylor after 39-year-old Kerry fought melanoma, which is a form of skin cancer, in 2015. Since then the pair and their team of fully-trained counsellors have educated thousands of people about how to both prevent the illness and detect it by holding workshops with leading regional employers such as HMRC, BT and Barclays. Now they are extending their work with awards for different types of organisations or professions. The Skin cancer Prevention in Families (SPF) five-star schemes are aimed at the likes of schools, universities, sports coaches, podiatrists and beauticians. While about 2,000 people nationwide die from melanoma each year, it is also one of the more avoidable forms of the illness, with about 90% of cases judged to be preventable. Warning signs can include abnormal new moles, moles with more than one … [Read more...] about Sunderland support group unveils new awards to help in skin cancer battle
Amanda Seymour took the brave step of sharing the story of her battle against melanoma so that others could learn about the illness. You can read about the mam-of-two's fight against skin cancer here. Below are more details about melanoma and how specialist advice and support is available here in Sunderland. What is melanoma? * Melanoma is a form of skin cancer and the fifth most common cancer in the UK; * Warning signs include an abnormal new mole, moles with more than one colour or an area of skin turning dark; * Around 13,500 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year; * It is one of the most common cancers in people aged 15 to 34 and is slightly more common in women than men; * More than 2,000 people die every year in the UK from melanoma; * Treatment is usually at first by localised surgery. More advanced cases involve chemotherapy; * There is no cure for malignant melanoma. Treatment in malignant melanoma cases is mainly used to slow the spread of the cancer and reduce … [Read more...] about What is melanoma and how can Sunderland support group MelanomaMe help you?