The FDA has approved another drug for the treatment of advanced melanoma. When I was first diagnosed in 2010, options for treating melanoma were very few. A diagnosis of stage 4 came with statistics of less than 50% of patients living 1 year. While it still sucks, it's amazing to see all these new treatments being approved! Next month will be 2 years of me being on Mercks anti-pd1 (that got FDA approval in Sept). I've had great results - nothing new or growing for 2+ years.
.... "Opdivo is the seventh new melanoma drug approved by the FDA since 2011,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Prior to 2011, it had been 13 years with no advancement in the treatment of Melanoma. Hopefully getting closer every day to a cure!
Still here and going strong! I hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!