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Promising biomarker for melanoma is identified

Dr. Osman. "Two people with the same tumor thickness under the microscope may require different treatment. This is the reason why better markers can help us refine therapy."

The new study involved 134 patients with stage I, II, and III melanomas. These patients were enrolled in the Melanoma Cooperative Group at New York University Medical Center, which documented important characteristics of each patient's original tumor, such as its location and thickness. After treatment, the patients were followed for many years.

A new, prospective NYU-Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative Group has been accruing patients for a new study that will track HDM2 and other molecules in tumor material. Dr. Osman, who directs the project, says that 52 patients have been enrolled over the last three months as a result of the efforts of NYU physicians participating in the care of melanoma patients. One of the long-term goals of this program is to integrate the results of molecular analyses of an individual patient's tumor into his or her treatment plan.


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Contact: Marjorie Shaffer
Marjorie.Shaffer@med.nyu.edu
212-404-3555
New York University Medical Center and School of Medicine
3-Dec-2002


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