Cutting-Edge Melanoma Treatment Is Changing Lives


Dr. McClay Uses New Melanoma Treatment to Save Patient’s Eyesight

The harrowing tale of Jim Brusso’s battle with recurring melanoma is featured in a story in the Encinitas Advocate. Brusso is a patient of cCARE’s Dr. Ed McClay, a long-time expert in melanoma treatment. When Jim visited Dr. McClay in April, he’d planned on having major brain surgery to remove a tumor on his pituitary gland that was causing him to lose his eyesight.

Dr. McClay suggested they try a round of newly-approved oral medications to see if the melanoma might respond to a less invasive approach. Brusso was prescribed a combination of two cutting-edge drugs, Zelboraf and Cotellic, and the results were extraordinary. Jim reports that his eyesight fully returned within a week of starting the meds. Anita Brusso, Jim’s wife, said “it was a miracle.” They recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.

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