Andrew Bowser
Andrew Bowser is a medical writer based in Brooklyn, New York.
UVB, Growth Factors Conspire in Genesis of Melanoma
Physiological factors may help transform normal tissue into cancerous lesions.
Promising approaches to melanoma therapy
New York — While cytokines are currently standard therapy for advanced melanoma, cancer vaccines in advanced stages of development could soon change the treatment paradigm, says Howard L. Kaufman, M.D., speaking at the American Academy of Dermatology Academy '04 meeting here recently.
PDT: MAL less painful in AKs of the scalp
While the clinical benefit of MAL versus ALA was not evaluated in the study, treatments appeared to produce similarly efficacious results.
Patient goals, way to measure define CTCL success
New York — The key to successful management of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) is to identify the patient's goals, then find a way to measure response to treatment, Peter W. Heald, M.D., said here at the American Academy of Dermatology Academy '04 summer meeting.
Novel agent, chemotherapy promising in melanoma tx
New Orleans — BAY 43-9006, a novel signal transduction inhibitor, has very modest activity as a single agent in melanoma; however, it has promising activity in combination with chemotherapy, investigators said at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Vaccine: multipeptide cocktail suits patients
New Orleans — Vaccination with a mixture of 12 peptides was immunogenic in 100 percent of melanoma patients tested, even with multiple peptides competing for the same cell surface binding sites, according to Craig L. Slingluff, Jr., M.D.
Fighting melanoma
New Orleans - Oblimersen sodium (Genasense), the antisense agent under investigation for advanced malignant melanoma, improved progression-free survival but not overall survival, in a recent phase III trial, Michael J. Millward, M.D. reported here at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Laser safety: signs, goggles are simply a start
Dallas - With updated laser safety standards on the way, it's not enough to simply don the goggles and hang the manufacturer-supplied safety sign, Penny J. Smalley, R.N., said here at the annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Acne-retinoid combo well-tolerated, more effective than either agent alone
National report - An anti-acne gel containing both clindamycin and tretinoin is safe, well-tolerated, and more effective than either agent alone, according to results of phase 3 trials including more than 2,200 patients.
New prognostic models aid assessment of melanoma prognosis, treatment approach
New Orleans - New staging criteria for melanoma can help quantify a particular patient's prognosis, but results of a recent investigation emphasize that the risk estimates it provides are population-specific, DuPont Guerry, M.D. reported here at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


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