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.
Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.
An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.
Melanoma patients and their families in the Riverina will benefit from strengthened and sustained melanoma services with the merger of the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition.
It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!
Videos of the sessions at the recent Patient Information Evening co-hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) are now available for viewing.
MIA is well-represented in the poster sessions at the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in the USA, with four poster presentations being given by members of our translational research lab.
Professor Georgina Long has today opened the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah.
MIA’s Co-Medical Directors, Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer, have both been named Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list.
Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) and Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) have announced a new multi-year agreement to provide enhanced support services for melanoma patients nationally.
It is time again to say thank you to our incredible community fundraisers who are helping us get closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
MIA has presented promising data regarding progression-free survival rates for advanced melanoma patients at the ESMO 2019 Congress in Barcelona.
Another month has flown by and yet again we have a host of amazing community fundraisers who generously gave up their time to help us reach our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Comments in favour of giving patients with BRAF-positive melanoma access to first-line immunotherapy need to be submitted online prior to October 9, 2019.
Jay's Longest Melanoma March documentary is screening this Sunday 22 September at 1pm (AEST) on Channel 10, capturing behind the scenes of the 2000km walk, Adelaide to Sydney in 50 days. Uniting to end melanoma.
It’s been a month since we highlighted some of our incredibly generous community fundraisers. We thought we’d have a look back at August and put the spotlight on more of the wonderful people who give up their time to fundraise for MIA, so we can continue to edge closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
They are a formidable team - in work and in play
This week, Melanoma Institute Australia hosted the first of six