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Marking Cancerversaries

Marking “Cancerversaries”

Since her diagnosis with uveal melanoma in September 2013, life looks very different for Mary Judy French. As a former OR nurse, Mary, who goes by “Frenchie,” spent years selflessly caring for sick patients. Today, she’s traded in her alarm clock for four barking dogs, waking her promptly at 6:00 a.m. for their breakfast. “My life is so different now,” said Frenchie, who had to quit her job because the treatment of her eye cancer—brachytherapy ... Read More

Taking Matters Into Her Own Hands

Mary sat in disbelief. How could that small dot in her eye, the one her doctor had called a “freckle” just twelve years ago, now be a malignant tumor? Uveal melanoma? Mary’s doctor said radiation was the best treatment option in her case. He explained he’d like to perform a test to assess the likelihood for metastasis—that is, that her tumor had already spread. It required a fine needle aspirate biopsy, a quick procedure in ... Read More

The Test of Time

It was just two days before the radiation treatment of his uveal melanoma, or eye cancer. Peter L. boarded a plane determined to have his tumor biopsied and tested by Dr. J. William Harbour, the ocular oncologist who developed a genomic test that could lay out his odds of survival. “For me, as a patient this counts big time…it sits in one’s mind all the time if you don’t know. And Peter almost didn’t know. ... Read More

A Second Chance for Jerry

He just knew he was going to die.  In September 2009, Jerry W, a retired GM employee, was diagnosed with uveal melanoma. His entire world collapsed. “It’s a scary, world-stopping thing when you’re told you have eye cancer, and you need to do aggressive treatment to have more time. Pretty awful.” With the support of his loving wife Cindy, Jerry, 73, knew he had to go ahead with radiation treatment of the tumor. But there ... Read More

For Cheryl, Knowing Her Tumor Type was a “Blessing”

Four years after her diagnosis with uveal melanoma, our friend Cheryl Gehrer passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at her home in O’Fallon, IL. She was 53. We first met Cheryl in November of 2012 when she agreed to tell us the story of her diagnosis and what was ahead for her. We couldn’t help but laugh and smile during the conversation—Cheryl was so positive, good-natured and determined that uveal melanoma would not hold ... Read More
Know your TYPE, Know your RISK
You’ve just been diagnosed with uveal melanoma, and it’s important to know that there is a test that can identify your tumor type—and the risk of your cancer spreading.

GETTING TESTED       Timing is Critical
To know your tumor type and risk, a biopsy must be taken BEFORE radiation treatment.

Talk to                 Your Doctor
Use this discussion guide to talk to your doctor about the genomic test to learn your tumor type, or CLASS.


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