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Review of melanoma patients receiving checkpoint inhibitors

Dr. Edwards has recently completed a retrospective review of our melanoma patients at The Royal Marsden developing cutaneous toxicity while receiving checkpoint inhibitor therapy. ‘Cutaneous toxicities in patients with melanoma receiving checkpoint inhibitor therapy: a retrospective review. The experience of a single large specialist institution.’ Checkpoint inhibitors have significantly improved the overall survival for several […]

Is Lockdown Stressing Out Our Skin?

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented lockdowns across the world. For almost a year, UK residents have been living under some form of lockdown, restricted mostly to their homes. Not only is this having a significant impact on our mental health, but it’s also contributing to a number of skin issues too. Here, we’ll […]


Rare side-effects of immunotherapy highlighted

Well done to Dr Ferguson and Dr Ho. Our case ‘Extensive mucocutaneous, oesophageal and otic lichen planus secondary to Nivolumab therapy’ has recently been published in Skin Health and Disease. Anti-PD-1 therapy is a type of immunotherapy and an area in increasing development for its efficacy and advantages in the treatment of advanced metastatic melanoma. […]

Why Cancer patients need to protect their skin in the sun

If you are being treated for cancer, whether this is with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy or radiation keeping your skin protected all year around is essential. Cancer treatments can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Even on overcast days, UV rays can still penetrate the skin. Under the right conditions, patients can still […]


Skin complications during breast cancer treatment

Congratulations to Dr Chawla who has recently written a case report entitled ‘Annular atrophic lichen planus induced by anti-HER2 antibodies’. This has been published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology. Monoclonal inhibitors Pertuzumab and Trastuzumab inhibit human epidermal growth factors receptor 2 (HER-2). These are used to treat HER-2 positive breast cancer. Our case highlights […]

Kara Heelan talks to Vogue about skincare routines when you’re fighting cancer

Dermatologist Dr Kara Heelan recently shared her expert advice with Vogue on how to care for your skin while undergoing treatment for cancer. Dr Heelan is a specialist in oncodermatology and explained that “approximately half of people treated for cancer will develop a dermatologic issue during treatment affecting hair, skin or nails. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy or […]

Who is at risk of skin cancer?

May is Skin Cancer Awareness month! Everyone is at risk of developing skin cancer, but some people are at an increased risk. If you include yourself in any of the below-listed groups, please be extra vigilant to check your skin. Fair skin and get sunburnt easily Previous history of lots of sun exposure and especially […]

Melanoma awareness month – time to check your moles

May is Melanoma Awareness Month and all this lovely weather means it’s time to check your moles! The ABCDEs of melanoma is a guide to help you check your moles. Early detection of melanoma is key. Mole Check: A is for asymmetry Check that both halves of your moles are the same and match each […]

Understanding the difference between physical vs chemical sunscreen

Even though the temperatures are dropping, a dermatologist’s advice is to protect the skin whatever the weather from the damaging effects of UV rays. However, there is increasing confusion about whether physical or chemical sunscreen is the best practice to adopt. What is a mineral or physical sunscreen? Physical sunscreens consist of mineral ingredients namely, […]

What is photoprotection and why do we need it?

Photoprotection – or the use of regular sunscreen – is encouraged by doctors and dermatologists because they are aware that our outdoor work and lifestyles mean that complete sun avoidance is not possible. What is photoprotection? Why do we need photoprotection? Photoprotection is required to reduce ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced skin damage, photo-ageing and skin cancers. […]