Lengthy Cancer Drug Approval Process Makes Me Fear For My Future

I am a survivor of advanced melanoma: skin cancer which spread to my lymphatic system. After extended surgeries to remove the affected tissue and lymph nodes, I was still deemed at high risk for return of the disease, and I happened to qualify for treatment through a clinical trial. My fate in the hands of a randomized 50/50 draw, I was able to receive eight powerful — and expensive — immunotherapy treatments which quite possibly saved my life.If this sounds like a fast recap of what my family and I went through for two years, well… it is. It has been one year, two months since my last treatment of Yervoy, and I am still here to talk about it. I am grateful for the time I have gained. Before immunotherapy, melanoma patients were not so fortunate as to be around to discuss survival rates. They were given a quick …