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Two New Zealand clinicians author textbooks on skin cancer

26 September 2015

Two New Zealand clinicians feature as authors of two recently published textbooks on skin cancer surgery and treatment. These are Clinical Cases in Skin Cancer Surgery and Treatment by Dr Sharad Paul and Dr Robert Norman (eds) and Minor Surgery. The Visual Guide by Dr Samantha Murton.

Melanoma risk among non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors

22 September 2015

Immune irregularities may contribute to the high rates of melanoma observed in those treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to study findings published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Melanoma Essentials - A Concise Guide

20 September 2015

Melanoma Institute Australia has developed an interactive textbook for medical, nursing and allied professionals about the effective diagnosis and management of melanoma. The book is available now at the Apple iBooks Store.

The need for appearance-based sun protection interventions for women

19 September 2015

“Be Beautiful and Sexy; Look Young; Feel Better; and Science, Health, and Nature” are themes that should be counteracted to address the appeal of sunbathing and sunbed use among women, according to the authors of a recent Canadian study examining messages that women receive about the benefits of a tan.

Patterns of surgical management of melanoma in Queensland

18 September 2015

Diagnostic and surgical procedures for primary melanoma vary substantially in Queensland, according to authors of a recent Australian study. They conclude that “partial biopsy can influence initial tumor microstaging” and also that “patient, tumour and doctor characteristics influence SLNB practice”.

Aspirin added to immunotherapy slows tumour growth in mice

17 September 2015

Adding aspirin to immunotherapy may decrease the rate of growth of melanomas compared to immunotherapy alone, according to results of research involving an animal model of cancer published recently in the journal Cell.

New and creative approach to skin cancer prevention in teens and young adults

12 September 2015

“This paper reviews public health interventions that have been based in behavioral economics concepts and their results, and provides examples of new and creative ways physicians and health professionals can actively apply insights from behavioral economics to counsel teenagers and young adults about skin cancer prevention.”

Support for effectiveness of teledermatology

10 September 2015

Evidence consistently supports the effectiveness of teledermatology in improving accessibility to specialty care, diagnostic and treatment concordance, and skin care provided by primary care physicians, according to authors of targeted review of scientific studies published from January 2005 through April 2015.

KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) registered in NZ

8 September 2015

KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), an anti-PD1 immunotherapy, has been registered by MEDSAFE for the treatment of advanced metastatic melanoma in New Zealand. Registration means KEYTRUDA is now approved for use in New Zealand; however patients will need to pay for treatment until it is funded by PHARMAC.