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Competition and Collaboration

June 1, 2011

In their most honest moments, the best and brightest scientific researchers agree that competition is good.  When researchers have to apply for limited funds they sharpen their thinking and put their best science forward.  This is why MRF has …

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. …


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 …