Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Coming Together for Melanoma Care

Guest Blogger: Jean M. Flack, BSN,OCN,CCRC, Manager, Oncology Research, MedStar Baltimore Oncology Network, Weinberg Cancer Institute at Franklin Square

We were fortunate to be able to host the very first melanoma disease group face to face meeting at the Weinberg Cancer Institute at Franklin Square. It was impressive to be in the room with some of the foremost thought leaders for melanoma research and treatment!

We had Dr. Andrew Pecora from Hackensack University Hospital , Drs. Michael Atkins and Geoff Gibney from Georgetown University and Dr. Rapisuwon from Washington Cancer Institute (WCI) in addition to our own Drs. Pallavi Kumar, Ed McCarron and Vinay Guptay. The research nurse and nurse practitioner from Georgetown, research coordinator from WCI, and our research staff also joined us. We also had Danielle Blair (research coordinator at Hackensack) and Brandon Clark call in.

I think all who attended considered this a successful meeting. There was much discussion about current melanoma studies and future directions for our programs as we strive to improve our treatment of melanoma. One major focus of discussion was immunotherapy and coming up with ways to determine who will respond, how long should treatment last, and ways to collect biological samples to study immunotherapy effects.

The group will continue this discussion with our monthly teleconference. I look forward to more innovative discussions!

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