MIA welcomes ground-breaking new PBS melanoma treatment
3 July 2015
New Federal Government funding means patients with the most deadly form of melanoma, will soon be able to receive treatment with the drug Keytruda® (pembrolizumab), on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
The drug, which is proven to improve survival, helps the body’s immune system to identify and attack melanoma cancer deposits that have spread rapidly through the body. It reduces the size of the tumours in a majority of patients with advanced melanoma.
Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA), working with other leading melanoma researchers, published a three year study that compared patients receiving Keytruda® and another leading immunotherapy. The landmark research revealed patients on Keytruda® had much better survival rates.
Associate Professor Georgina Long, a lead research investigator for the study, said: “This is great news for patients across Australia, where we have the highest incidence of melanoma in the world and where someone dies from this disease every 6 hours. Our work has led to the Government making these drugs accessible to all melanoma patients.”
Keytruda® is used as a first line treatment for inoperable melanomas and metastatic melanomas which have spread to other parts of the body. However, Associate Professor Long clarifies it does not work for everyone: “Despite the great success for a majority of patients, we must bear in mind that 30-40 per cent of people don’t respond to this treatment. Here at MIA we continue our work to discover why this is, and what else we can be doing to help this group of patients.”
See more on MIA’s contribution to the world-wide research here.
Using MIA's patient database, researchers have developed conditional survival estimates for Stage III melanoma patients to more accurately predict survival outcomes.
MIA is proud to be celebrating an important milestone – the 60th anniversary of melanoma research and Australian-led global efforts to find a cure.
Research achievements by MIA were celebrated at the annual Sydney Medical School recently.
In this Global Research Report we showcase advances in medical oncology, reveal unexpected pathology in acral and skin melanoma, and uncover biomarkers and new gene targets for melanoma.
Professor’s Long and Scolyer are well known in the academic community and beloved by their patients. But we wanted to get to know our new Conjoint Medical Directors a little more and hear their plans on making an impact on melanoma.
Wyong Rugby League Club Group has joined forces with Melanoma Institute Australia to help end melanoma for future generations.
Melanoma research has reached a milestone with the 10,000th patient giving their permission for their blood and tissue samples to be used in the world’s largest melanoma biospecimen bank.
MIA's researchers and clinicians are in Seattle, USA, today sharing their research findings at the prestigious Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium.
Two of the world’s best minds in melanoma have taken over the academic and clinical leadership of Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA). Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer are the new Conjoint Medical Directors of MIA, and are shaping the future direction of melanoma research, treatment and education.
Meet Georgia, our Clinica Nurse Consultant who provides vital care and education for patients throughout their treatment.
Australia, we need to talk. This week’s dramatic episodes of Married At First Sight have highlighted a tragedy which is ripping Australian families apart. Yet no one is talking about it.
To celebrate International Women's Day 2017, MIA shares how some of the women who inspire the way we work every day, are showing their commitment to accelerate gender parity.
We welcome Mr Grant King to the position of Chairman of the Board of Melanoma Institute Australia, following the retirement of Mr Reg Richardson AM who led the organisation for 10 years.
Congratulations to PhD Student, Tuba Nur Gide who was awarded a NSW National Council of Women Australia Day Award for her PhD research work.
Melanoma Institute Australia, is joining forces with the Wollongong Wolves Football Club in the battle to reduce Australia’s melanoma rates.
A new research project will evaluate the benefits and economic implications of CT and PET/CT imaging in patients with asymptomatic Stage III melanoma.
Sunscreen tips for a skin smart summer with the help of Professor Pascale Guitera, Dermatologist Associate for Melanoma Institute Australia.
Although survival rates for people with skin melanoma are increasing, these promises of hope are not being seen in uveal melanoma. Researchers are desperately trying to uncover new ways to treat this disease.
Lucinda Ryan and Carole Renouf talking about melanoma preventation and awareness on 720 ABC Perth.
Research projects led by MIA have been awarded almost $6 million in the latest NHMRC funding round which will enable vital progression of research into melanoma prevention and treatment.