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January 25th, 2016

#TeamLaura

By uclahealth

Team-Laura-1“I have melanoma, stage 4. It’s in the liver, lungs, and brain,” says Laura Mayes, 40-year-old wife and mother. Her husband, Harley Mayes, continues, “Laura had melanoma in her arm when she was 19. They dug deep, thinking they got it all, and the doctor said just one piece, one little cell, sat dormant for 21 years. She got some pain one day and that was it. We drove out here [from Riverside] because the care at UCLA is top notch. Laura was going to do the same treatment President Carter is getting, but another drug came out, and she started a clinical trial. She is the 7th person in the United States on the trial, and since Friday night she had a tumor on her right arm that’s already shrunk a little bit!”

Tags: brain tumor, Cancer, cancer, clinical trial, liver tumor, lung tumor, melanoma, patient stories, Surgery

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