mission: Making a difference
Demas knows about cancer from first-hand experience. In 1989, she
went to see her dermatologist about a mole on the back of her ankle
which changed in appearance. Her doctor wasn't worried. "This
is probably a wart. We'll take a biopsy to be safe. Come back in
10 days to have the stitches out and we'll talk about it."
When she returned to the dermatologist's office, his face was ashen.
"I knew then something was up," she recalls.
had malignant melanoma, a cancer of the cells that create pigment
in skin. Some 40,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with the
disease; more than 7,000 perish from it. The day after she got the
news, she was off to see James Goodnight, a prominent surgical oncologist
who was then director of the UC Davis Cancer Center.
performed surgery, but three months later a bump appeared near the
surface of one of the incisions. He recommended an experimental
therapy in which chemotherapeutic drugs are infused into the leg,
which is then heated from an external source.
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