Tampa dermatologist discusses skin cancer breakthrough with genetically modified herpes virus
Dr. Seth Forman says findings are significant and could impact thousands
In response to a new clinical trial conducted by British researchers that found that a genetically engineered herpes virus is helping to treat skin cancer, Tampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman believes this is a significant breakthrough.
The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that the treatment slowed the developing progression of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma. It was concluded that viral treatments, like a genetically modified herpes virus, have the ability to kill cancer cells and activate the immune system to fight off tumors.
According to the American Cancer Society, rates of melanoma in the U.S. have been on the rise for the past 3 decades. This year, an estimated 73,870 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed, and almost 10,000 people are expected to die from the disease.
“Melanoma is one of the most common cancers and there has been an increase in numbers of people who contract the deadly disease every year,” said Dr. Forman. “The potential impact of this discovery could save thousands in the U.S. alone.”
During the study, researchers found that 16.3 percent of patients who received the treatment had a strong response that lasted more than six months, and in some cases, up to three years. Patients with stage III and early stage IV melanoma who received treatment survived for an average of 41 months longer.
The Tampa dermatologist says that research findings are promising and may soon lead us to a cure.
“This is very encouraging information and an exciting time for us dermatologists,” said Dr. Forman. “I am looking forward to the day skin cancer becomes easily treatable and curable.”
The founder of Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, located in Tampa, Fla., Dr. Seth Forman has appeared on TV shows across the country, including the nationally syndicated show “The Doctors,” to provide sun-protection tips and to demonstrate his breakthrough skin cancer treatments.
About Dr. Seth Forman: Dr. Forman is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Tampa, Florida. He was voted the “Best Dermatologist in Carrollwood” in August 2011 by the Carrollwood News and Tribune. In December 2011, he opened his new Tampa dermatology office, Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, where he gives psoriasis sufferers access to the latest treatment options, including topical and oral medications, as well as biological and phototherapy. Dr. Forman is one of the few Tampa dermatologists to offer narrowband light therapy, which uses pharmaceutical grade light to suppress psoriasis. He’s also one of the few board-certified dermatologists in the U.S. to use the SRT-100 radiotherapy to treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.