While there’s never a good time to be diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, former President Jimmy Carter can be thankful that he fell ill in 2015 instead of 2010.
Five years ago, it was one of those cancers “that makes oncology look bad,” said Dr. Antoni Ribas, a specialist at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Advanced melanoma escaped the surgeon’s scalpel, defied chemotherapy’s poison and roared back from blasts of radiation.
“We couldn’t treat it,” he said.
But new remedies have begun to improve the prognosis for patients with metastatic melanoma. These treatments expose cancer cells to the full force of...