• New Treatments for Melanoma: a Guide for Patients

This comprehensive introduction by Dr Pippa Corrie (consultant medical oncologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Trustee of Melanoma Focus) has been written specially for patients and carers who want to understand the latest information about the new melanoma treatments, ipilimumab and vemurafenib, and how they relate to the management of melanoma in general.

Please click here to download the paper

  • Immunotherapy: How the persistence of researchers is finally paying off

With two novel immunotherapies approved and many more in the pipeline, is it time to announce that a new treatment modality has emerged? See CancerWorld article by Marc Beishon.

  • Information about Sunbeds

Macmillan Cancer Support summarises the problem with sunbeds as follows:

Sunbeds give off artificial UV rays that damage the DNA and increase the risk of developing melanoma. The more you use a sunbed or lamp, and the earlier in life you begin using them, the greater your risk. It’s important to protect yourself from the sun and avoid sunbeds. This is especially true if you’ve had a melanoma (or any other type of skin cancer) or if you’re at an increased risk of melanoma. Although exposure to UV radiation from the sun or sunbeds is the main risk factor for developing melanoma, it’s not the only risk factor. Like other cancers, there are many things that may lead to the development of a melanoma.

A research paper by the House of Commons Library in preparation for the Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill contains an overview of the problem of sunbeds and melanoma/skin cancer and the need for legislation.

Appendix 1 of this paper is an extract from the report of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE), June 2009: The health effects and risks arising from exposure to ultraviolet radiation from artificial tanning devices.

View Research Paper

See also Cancer Research UK‘s warnings about sunbeds and Sunbedban, a comprehensive website devoted to melanoma and tanning issues.

The use of sunbeds is now controlled in the UK following legislation that came into force in April 2011. The Department of Health’s guidance on the implementation of the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 states:

The Act imposes a duty on anyone involved in carrying on a sunbed businesses to ensure that no person under the age of 18 years:

  • uses a sunbed
  • is offered the use of a sunbed; or
  • is present in a restricted zone

View Guidance Document

Study confirms link between indoor tanning and skin cancer risk: see News & Updates

  • Information about PET-CT scans

The National Cancer Research Institute’s PET Research Network has produced a patient information video on PET-CT scans in cancer research. The video explains what a PET scan is, what it feels like to have one, and how scans may be used in cancer clinical trials. It follows an actor through the journey of having a scan and includes comments from a patient on experiencing PET scans. See link to NCRI website.



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