MD Anderson Patient’s Melanoma Returns and Participates in Immunotherapy Clinical Trial


Steve Hamilton was diagnosed with melanoma in 2006 after discovering a small bump on the top of his head behind his hairline. After his surgical oncologist removed it along with some adjacent lymph nodes on both sides of his neck, he enjoyed three years of being cancer-free. Three years later, a chest X-ray showed shadowing and spots on Steve’s lungs. The melanoma had spread. He had three separate lung surgeries over an 18-month period to remove new growths, but the cancer kept returning.

After seeking out the best treatment options, Steve participated in an immunotherapy trial at MD Anderson which saved his life. He is now five years cancer free, and considers himself an advocate for sun safety.