FDA approves new drug for late-stage melanoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first melanoma drug in 13 years. The new drug, ipilimumab, which will be sold under the brand name Yervoy and manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb, is designed to stop the cancer cells from growing by stimulating the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as something to attack.

Is this hope? Read the full article here.

  1. Hi Rob,
    I wish you luck and expect that you keep on fighting. Every day new developments are made and you just never know what the next day will bring. Just look forward to something postive, even if it does not happen today (positively), look for it, even if small. And if nothing positive today, well, then tommorrow something positive will be there for you.

    You seem to have a very good attitude just keep fighting. Last year, May 13th, my mom passed away from occular melanoma. The whole process was very sudden. She never showed us any pain, kept laughing and smiling and being the wonderful person she always was to the very end.

    She had to have her eye removed, but if that happens to you don’t worry. My mom didn’t care. She was just happy to be alive, every day was a new day and she was happy to be around. Her prosthetic eye was actually really cool and looked just like her real eye. It even tracked and moved normally. Just amazing.

    Anyway, I think you have a good attitude, maybe you are at times a bit cynical, but hey, you have a pretty tough illness to battle. But so far you are still around and fighting, so to me that looks like you are winning. Without a doubt, you are winning. Michael