What an exciting day!! The FDA has finally approved a new treatment for stage III and IV melanoma. It has been 13 years since the last treatment was approved and that was the nasty IL-2 that I did back in September/October that only has a 10% response rate. The new treatment was called IPI, the new name is Yervoy. I will not be changing my treatment, but I am SO happy that all other late stage warriors have this treatment option as a first line of defense versus a last resort.
Here is an article at Melanoma Research Foundation: http://www.melanoma.org/learn-more/fda-approval-new-melanoma-therapy-changes-landscape-patients
Here is an article from WebMD that has more information: http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/news/20110325/fda-approves-new-melanoma-treatment-yervoy?ecd=wnl_nal_skin_032511