Dr. Carman Giacomantonio
Dalhousie cancer surgeon Dr. Carman Giacomantonio is putting immune therapies to work with startling new results in skin cancers that would have been deadly just a few years ago. By directly injecting patients' skin tumours with off-the-shelf immune-stimulating agents, he is sending their cancers into remission and granting them years of good-quality life. Immune therapy has taken off in the past few years, thanks in large part to medical research and successful clinical trials with melanoma related therapies and treatments.
Patient Perspective: Mr. Malcom MacDonald
COVID-19 or not, Malcom MacDonald’s cancer needed treatment. Originally diagnosed with skin cancer under his eye, Malcom saw many different doctors, and was told he would need surgery to have his eye removed. After meeting with Dalhousie’s Dr. Carman Giacomantonio in December of 2019, however, Malcom was given hope when he learned of a new immune therapy that could potentially cure his cancer, without invasive surgery. Since then, Malcom has successfully undergone cancer immunotherapy with Dr. Giacomantonio throughout the past several months, with his most recent MRI and biopsy results showing no trace of his cancer remaining.
“This therapy treated my cancer and saved my eye. If I hadn’t met Dr. Giacomantonio, and if I hadn’t had access to this treatment throughout the pandemic, my story would have been very different. I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Giacomantonio for everything.”
- Mr. Malcom MacDonald, Cape Breton, NS