Sketching Her Way Through Metastatic Melanoma

  Nearly every melanoma patient or survivor that AIM has met has a coping mechanism, hobby, or pastime—something they do to help them in one way or another through their cancer.  The most common one we hear is connecting with other patients through social media.  But others include gardening, cooking, writing, and doing yoga. Eleanor Segal sketches.  Ellie is 63, married, and a resident of Portland, … Read More

Melanoma by the State: Utah

  Utah has the unfortunate distinction of having the highest rate of melanoma in the nation—a rate more than double the national average. Despite increased public awareness, the most recent data shows that Utah’s melanoma rate has continued to rise steadily every year, more than doubling in the past 17 years, from 20 to 42 cases for every 100,000 people, according to … Read More

Jonathan Swingle, The Mucosal Melanoma Warrior

  2009 was not a good year for Jonathan Swingle. Multiple nosebleeds led Jonathan to seek his doctor’s help, which led to the discovery of a tumor at the bridge of his right nostril, on the septum side. His diagnosis? Mucosal melanoma with right lung metastasis. While Jonathan was familiar with cutaneous melanoma, or melanoma of the skin, he had … Read More

Even America’s Heroes Get Melanoma

  Meet Army Reserve veteran Erin Ball, who served eight years, including a tour in Iraq in 2004.  She was diagnosed with melanoma in 2010, while she was 26 weeks pregnant with her second child.  Today, Erin lives in Alabama with her husband and three children.  Her experience with melanoma pushes her to live life to the fullest every day. Tell us … Read More

In Plain English… The Excitement Surrounding Opdivo

So the FDA granted regular approval to nivolumab (OPDIVO, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company) for the adjuvant treatment of patients with melanoma with involvement of lymph nodes or in patients with metastatic disease who have undergone complete resection. What does that mean, exactly, and which patients will benefit? To understand, let’s back up a few years to 2011, when the first immunotherapy, … Read More

Melanoma Does Not Define Rebecca Berger

melanoma survivor story

Rebecca Berger is a 27-year-old pediatric oncology nurse practitioner who has struggled with her own cancer.  Diagnosed with melanoma in 2013, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a supportive network of family and friends. When were you diagnosed and what is your diagnosis? I was originally diagnosed in May 2013, one week before my 23rd birthday. I had a melanoma on my left jawline, … Read More

Melanoma By The State: Florida

  Your Skin in the Sunshine State While living in Florida has its many benefits ranging from mild winters to an abundance of outdoor opportunities, it also presents dangers to your skin. ~Florida ranks second in the nation for the highest rate of new melanoma cases. ~An estimated 91,270 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2018. 7,940 are … Read More