News & Press


MRF Says Go Beyond “Usual Suspects” to Watch Moles

May 17, 2011

WASHINGTON—Unless you are Cindy Crawford, you might give little thought to the moles, freckles and other marks dotting your skin.  But, as an estimated 68,000 people discovered last year, these spots can evolve into melanoma, the deadliest f …



Alphabet Soup

May 16, 2011

I had dinner last night with two melanoma researchers.  One is an M.D.; the other has an M.D and a Ph.D.  The discussion quickly moved to new studies and treatments for melanoma, and the conversation became heavily peppered with acronyms. …



Watchwords

May 14, 2011

Today’s melanoma symposium in Seattle featured a panel of patients telling their stories.    Some have been fighting melanoma for years.  One was recently diagnosed.  They spoke of their treatments – surgeries, radiation, …



Angels Unaware

May 10, 2011

In some ways cancer patients are just people.  Some are mean, some are nice.  Some are caring, some are indifferent.  Having said that, cancer, like most major sources of stress, tends to amplify these characteristics. Last night I …



Profiles in Courage

April 30, 2011

After two days of board meetings and tons of other activities I was exhausted.  But I ran to the airport and jumped on an 8:15 flight last night, arriving in St. Louis just before 10:00.  A shuttle bus to the car rental place, then an hour an …