Daily Archives: January 29, 2012

Novel Technique Shows Promise for Ocular Melanoma

Percutaneous hepatic perfusion could be useful for colon, neuroendocrine cancers

Stockholm — Mature data from an ongoing trial of percutaneous hepatic perfusion (PHP)— a novel technique in which chemotherapy is infused directly into the liver—continue to show improved progression-free survival (PFS) for patients with liver metastases from ocular melanoma.

Researchers say the PHP technique could be used to treat other tumors that cause liver metastases, such as neuroendocrine or colon, if trials yield positive results. This news comes from a study reported by investigators from the University of Pittsburgh at the 2011 European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress (EMCC).

“This is the first treatment to show a clinical benefit in patients with liver metastases from ocular melanoma,” said lead investigator James Pingpank, MD, professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a surgical oncologist with UPMC Cancer Centers.

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Ron North releasing his own charity single

Lanark student Ron North producing charity single after cancer fight

AFTER losing one of his eyes to a rare form of cancer, Ron North is aiming to raise funds – by releasing his own charity single.
Music student Ron (26) was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in June 2009.
A series of treatments failed and he eventually had to have his right eye removed in September last year.
But he is now releasing the single, Do These Words, to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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