A mum-of-three who bravely delayed skin cancer treatments to save her unborn twins died just nine months after giving birth to a healthy boy and girl. Danielle Dick, 32, died peacefully as she lay next to her husband Tyler in her hospital bed. She received the shock diagnosis after she suffered headaches and struggled to speak 17 weeks into her pregnancy. An obstetrician initially thought it was just "pregnancy brain". But after she was rushed to A&E doctors discovered that she had three masses in her brain, and they were later confirmed to be stage 4 melanoma. Tyler, from Goddard in the US state of Kansas, is now speaking out to raise awareness about skin cancer and encourage people to protect themselves and get checked. In 2011, he had noticed a strange mole on his wife's back and a biopsy found that it wasn't cancerous. But the mole grew back and a biopsy determined it was melanoma. Tyler, 32, told the Today programme the mole and the lymph nodes were removed and it was … [Read more...] about Mum who delayed skin cancer treatments to save unborn twins dies
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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
Photo: Depositphotos.com Dutch cancer hospital Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is making its own version of an expensive cancer medicine after finding that the drug helps a new group of patients. Vorinostat is used to treat a rare form of lymphoma but researchers at the Amsterdam hospital have found it is also effective on patients with melanoma which is resistant to standard treatments. The drug, which is not available for use in the Netherlands, costs upward of $100 per capsule but can be produced by the hospital pharmacy for €1.50. This is legal as long as the drug is used for clinical trials based on a new application for the drug, the hospital says. Merck, which makes Vorinostat, has only registered it for the treatment of lymphoma. A spokesman for the drugs company told the Volkskrant that ‘this medicine is still on the market but we no longer promote it or carry out any research using it.’ ‘If this treatment works well for patients in our follow-up study, we … [Read more...] about Dutch cancer hospital makes own version of expensive drug after finding new application
Cancer cells. Photo: Depositphotos.com Dutch doctors believe that they have found a more successful way to treat people with skin cancer, according to the Telegraaf on Friday. It reports that doctors from the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (AVL) cancer institute, who registered 50 of their melanoma patients for an international study, say that the aggressive cancer was less likely to return if surgery was followed by extra immunotherapy. Mostly younger patients, under 50, were given pembrolizumab after surgery removing the cancerous moles. The worldwide study, with more than 1000 patients in 23 countries, was reportedly co-ordinated by Dutch doctor Alexander van Akkooi and presented at the American Association for Cancer Research in Chicago and New England Journal of Medicine. … [Read more...] about Dutch doctors work on better skin cancer treatment
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?