I have long ranted about the need for a melanoma expert if you are dealing with melanoma. And holy crappy wizard balls! Was I ever right!!! ~
What the hell is wrong with these community oncologists???? I have been providing care to children for over 30 years. Not only does maintenance of my license REQUIRE continuing education training on an annual basis, but I REQUIRE keeping up with changes in standards of care for my little patients of MYSELF!!!! How in the world these providers could insert the particulars of their patient's melanoma data into a program designed by melanoma experts and PURPOSELY CHOOSE to provide a "treatment" NOT recommended is beyond me!!! But...they did.
This report highlights a sad state of medicine and a seriously scary situation for folks with melanoma. All I can tell you is: learn from more than half of these 432 ratties (and these are just the ones we know about in this particular study) who were given treatment that was NOT recommended by melanoma experts by their local oncologist. RUN, don't walk...even if it takes more effort than a trip to a local onc...to a melanoma expert if you are dealing with melanoma. Your life may depend on it! - c