skin cancer

February 6, 2019

More than two-thirds of people with an advanced form of a rare skin cancer are on track to survive at least two years after starting an immunotherapy drug on a landmark clinical trial, researchers

photo of a woman sitting outside
May 29, 2018

Warmer weather is here and Washingtonians are venturing outside to run, bike, walk and just sit.  Dr.

May 18, 2018

Editor's note: Elmore described her own cancer-misdiagnosis experience in this video

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February 16, 2018

Frisco, Texas, resident Steve Murphy, 66, was diagnosed last September with Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare skin cancer he’d never heard of.  His grim prognosis: 50 percent chance of surviving 90 days.

February 16, 2018

The number of U.S. cases of Merkel cell carcinoma, an often-fatal skin cancer, is rising about six times faster than most other cancers and at nearly twice the rate of the more-common melanoma.

November 9, 2017

The great majority of biopsied moles pose no danger, according to an analysis of 80,000 skin samples that employed natural language processing (NLP) software to glean patient data and generate population-level estimates of diagnoses.

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August 23, 2017

(Downloadable video and script, and podcast of separate interview) Dr.

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Residents of the often-gray Pacific Northwest have happily embraced the sun's recent, if tenuous, return. The sudden springtime search for sunscreen, however, belies the fact that ultraviolet (UV) light showers us year-round. 

Many patients with advanced Merkel cell carcinoma who received the immunotherapeutic pembrolizumab as first-line therapy in a

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