Contributing to the promise of Surgical Oncology
17 March 2017
Researchers and clinicians from Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) are meeting with more than 1,700 colleagues from around the world today at the prestigious Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium in Seattle, USA. The theme of the meeting is “discovering the promise of what’s possible” and invites attendees to learn about the exciting possibilities for improving oncologic outcomes for patients.
The conference provides surgical oncology leaders with an opportunity to share research and network to advance the field. Four of MIA’s current or former fellows are presenting their research to colleagues at the conference, in addition to several more in attendance.
MIA's 2016 Poche Surgical Fellow, Dr Kim Isaacs, is sharing her research at the conference. Most guidelines recommend that melanoma patients have a complete lymph node dissection after they have had a positive sentinel lymph node identified; however, this doesn’t always happen. Dr Isaacs’s research investigated the factors that influence a melanoma patient’s choice to have a complete lymph node dissection or not. This research will help determine why some patients are not going ahead with this potentially life-saving surgery.
Research fellow, Trine Schoenfeldt, from Denmark is presenting her MIA research that is looking at the ideal surgical management for patients who have melanoma metastases in the sentinel nodes located near their armpit (specifically the triangular intermuscular space). How to manage patients with these metastases is considered controversial for surgeons, so having scientific evidence about the best course of treatment will ensure the best care for patients.
In a recent issue of Cancer Cell journal, Prof Georgina Long AO and Prof Richard Scolyer discuss the challenge of bringing together clinical work and scientific research to underpin successful cancer research.
Clinicians around the world now have access to a new online calculator that predicts the risk that a patient’s primary melanoma has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Professor Long has been appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly, to melanoma clinical and translational research, and to professional medical societies.
“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared."
‘We are extremely proud of our ongoing contribution to the global effort to save lives from melanoma, with Dr Silva’s prestigious award proof that we continue to lead the way,'
MIA's Co-Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer, has achieved a Google Scholar h-index of 100.
We know what Melanoma March means to our community, so when we had to cancel our physical events, we created Melanoma March Virtual so that everyone across Australia could still connect to honour loved ones and support each other.
A must-read personal account by Garry Maddox in The Sydney Morning Herald of how immunotherapy is revolutionising melanoma treatment.
On Friday, a publication that lays out the steps needed to find out if a systematic screening program for melanoma would benefit all Australians was published in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
Thank you to the thousands of Aussies who bought ‘Game On Mole‘ t-shirts, took selfies, shared t-shirt pics on social media and started lifesaving conversations around sun safety and skin health.
Melanoma patients now have greater access to subsidised immunotherapy thanks to additional treatments today being listed on the PBS.
Brisbane couple Leon and Tamra Betts were, like thousands of others around Australia, on the couch watching MAFS when newlywed Natasha ran through her weekly beauty routine. When they heard the 26-year-old mention solarium use, they were shocked, and then saddened, prompting this open letter to all young Australians.
Professor Richard Scolyer, Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, will welcome international attendees this weekend to a sold-out, two-day course on ‘Pigmented Lesions and Other Hot Topics in Dermatopathology’.
It is time for a reality check on solariums.
They have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.
Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.
Australian television presenter, interior designer and mother Kyly Clarke has been announced as the new Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and its national awareness and fundraising campaign Melanoma March.
Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.
Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Australian researchers have played a critical role in the discovery of a potential new test to predict which early stage melanoma patients are at high risk of their disease recurring and progressing.