Danny's inspiring survival story

Danny's inspiring survival story

30 May 2020

Danny Strosberg started to feel something was wrong when he noticed constant dizziness, daily headaches, and started to lose his vocabulary.

That’s when a CT scan revealed an egg-sized melanoma in his brain.

Danny underwent surgery to remove the tumour followed by six months of treatment. After a number of other tumours appeared throughout his body, he was placed on an immunotherapy clinical trial. It proved to be life saving.

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“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared.” Danny

Danny proudly calls himself a melanoma survivor. More than ever, he appreciates life, his friends and loved ones. He loves surfing and spending precious time with his wife Lisa and teenage daughter Gabby.

For patients like Danny, whose melanoma has spread to organs like their brain or lungs, clinical trials of new treatments are giving them a second chance at life.

Any life lost to melanoma is one too many. With your support, we will continue our research effort until we achieve our mission of zero deaths from melanoma.

Danny appreciates how immunotherapy treatment saved his life. Now he wants to give other patients the hope to watch their families grow up. 

“The advances in melanoma research are being translated to other cancers, and the potential benefits are limitless. I literally owe my life to the work that is being done at MIA.” Danny

We hope Danny’s story inspires you to consider sending a donation.

Your gift could help fund a game-changing new treatment so that – one day very soon – no-one will die from melanoma. 

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Melanoma Institute Australia features prominently in the latest ‘Expertise in Melanoma’ world rankings, released by Expertscape.

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Melanoma Supportive Care Needs research study. 
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Melanoma Supportive Care Needs research study. 

Participate in our online survey and help us understand the support needs of melanoma patients and carers.

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New data reveals long-term benefit of adjuvant therapy for Stage III melanoma.
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New data reveals long-term benefit of adjuvant therapy for Stage III melanoma.

Updated results published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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New online melanoma risk calculators critical to saving lives
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New online melanoma risk calculators critical to saving lives

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Professor Richard Scolyer receives University of Sydney Alumni Award.

MIA's Co-Medical Director Professor Richard Scolyer has received The University of Sydney Alumni Award for International Achievement.

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Uniting together despite the distance
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Uniting together despite the distance

More than 120 MIA clinicians, researchers and staff came together online to share research highlights.

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Professor Richard Scolyer recognised in The Pathologist's 2020 Power List.
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Professor Richard Scolyer recognised in The Pathologist's 2020 Power List.

For the 2nd consecutive year, MIA's Co-Medical Director Professor Richard Scolyer has been selected in the top 100 best, brightest, and most powerful advocates of pathology by The Pathologist.

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Important Update: Masks required at Poche Centre
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As of Monday 27th July all patients and carers/family members coming into The Poche Centre will be required to bring their own mask. 

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A Critical Nexus:The Clinician and the Researcher.
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A Critical Nexus:The Clinician and the Researcher.

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New online calculator launched to determine risk of spread of melanoma
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New online calculator launched to determine risk of spread of melanoma

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Queen's Birthday Honour for Professor Georgina Long
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Danny's inspiring survival story
30 May 2020

Danny's inspiring survival story

“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared."

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30 May 2020

MIA in the spotlight at ASCO virtual conference

‘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,'

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Professor Richard Scolyer achieves h-index of 100
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Professor Richard Scolyer achieves h-index of 100

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How we connected at Melanoma March Virtual 2020
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Next Steps for National Screening Program for Melanoma
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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.