Chemo Blast For Melanoma
Cancer concerns continue to bombard the American public, but some stats are scarier than others. Did you know that the U.S. incidence rate of melanoma has doubled in the past 40 years? For the more than 50,000 projected new cases of melanoma this year alone, there is help. Robyn Haines has your Healthy Living. George Pittman is already a prostate cancer survivor. But now, he has malignant melanoma growing in his left leg. Doctors cut out four in less than a year. Dr. Vadim Gushchin, from Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, treated him with an intense, isolated blast of chemotherapy. Using small catheters, surgeons infused a massive dose of chemo into George’s leg alone. The procedure took just 30 minutes. In a third of cases though — all nodules disappear. The old method meant larger incisions and catheters. This is minimally invasive all-around. Experts say there's at least a partial response to this treatment in 20 to 30 percent of cases.