Melanoma is a deadly disease, and rates of diagnosis have been rising for the last 30 years. This story of one couple's battle to beat melanoma illustrates how a new treatment, immunotherapy, can defeat even aggressive forms of the disease. With vivid firsthand accounts from their diaries, as well as Claudia's intimate narrative of the ups and downs of cancer treatment, this book will be a ready resource for melanoma patients and their families.
Acknowledgments Introduction: The Black Tumor 1 A pimple-like thing 2 What's real and what isn't? 3 I will always love you 4 No oncologist will see you 5 Don't worry about it 6 We have no way of monitoring success 7 The iconoclast: a visit with James Allison 8 A cloud of uncertainty 9 A hairy week so far 10 It's not brain surgery 11 The first hill 12 Because I am an optimist 13 We have two slots left 14 An unexpected molecule 15 You've got to be kidding! 16 Now there are all of you Bibliography