NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Delcath Systems, Inc. (DCTH), an interventional oncology company focused on the treatment of primary and metastatic cancers of the liver, highlights the experiences of patients with ocular melanoma as part of Rare Disease Day®—a global awareness campaign observed each year on February 28th. Delcath sponsors a global Registration clinical trial for Patients with Hepatic Dominant Ocular Melanoma called The FOCUS Trial.
“Rare Disease Day is an opportunity for the global healthcare community to recognize the unmet medical needs among patients suffering from orphan diseases,” said Jennifer K. Simpson, Ph.D., MSN, CRNP President and CEO of Delcath. “Approximately 4,500 patients in the U.S. and Europe are diagnosed with ocular melanoma each year. For patients, it’s a diagnosis that seems to come out of nowhere which often carries devastating consequences. We are committed to improving the prognosis and changing the treatment paradigm for these patients.”
To highlight the experiences of ocular melanoma, Delcath profiled two patients treated with PHP® Therapy for liver metastases from ocular melanoma.
Reverend Gary Desalvo – Pastor, Temple Bible Church, Temple, TX
Reverend Desalvo was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2013 when he had blurry vision evaluated by his family ophthalmologist. The diagnosis was the first he had heard of the disease, and his case was the first seen by physicians in the practice. The implications of the diagnosis were immediately apparent: removal of the eye followed by a high risk of potentially fatal liver metastases. Fortunately Reverend Desalvo’s congregation immediately rallied around him and his family with fellowship, offering prayer, support and research assistance. Through these efforts, clinical trials at some of the leading cancer hospitals in the country were found, so that when Reverend Desalvo was diagnosed with liver metastases in 2017 he was familiar with his options. “I already had PHP Therapy on my radar by the time the liver mets were discovered, so I enrolled in the FOCUS trial under its previous randomized protocol. I was randomized to the control arm, so instead I sought treatment with PHP in England at SPIRE Southampton Hospital. The team there was wonderful, and I tolerated my four cycles of PHP very well. I am happy to say that with the grace of God my liver mets are now controlled and I am able to seek additional therapy for my extra-hepatic disease. I believe that PHP has given me time I would not otherwise have.”
Sabrina Frey – Mother of Four, Madison, WI
Sabrina Frey was also diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2013 when she had a detached retina evaluated. Though familiar with the disease from a previous experience with cutaneous melanoma, the diagnosis and its implications still came as a shock. Genetic testing indicated that she had a high likelihood of developing liver metastases, so when liver mets were detected in 2014 she had already researched her options. Surgical resection was her first treatment, but when the liver tumors progressed again she sought treatment with PHP at Moffitt Cancer Center. After five courses of PHP, her liver metastases were almost completely reduced. “My experience with PHP Therapy wasn’t easy, but without it I don’t think I would be here. Today my liver mets are under control and I am able to obtain other treatment for my extra-hepatic disease that would not otherwise be an option.”
Both Sabrina and Reverend Desalvo have the same advice for ocular melanoma patients. “Keep fighting, do your research and be your own advocate. For thirty years the options for ocular melanoma patients had not changed, but in the last 10 years everything has.”
About Rare Disease Day
Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives. The campaign was begun by EURODIS in 2008. The theme for this year’s campaign is Bridging Health and Social Care #ShowYou’reRare
About Delcath Systems
Delcath Systems, Inc. is an interventional oncology Company focused on the treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancers. Our investigational product – Melphalan Hydrochloride for Injection for use with the Delcath Hepatic Delivery System (Melphalan/HDS) – is designed to administer high-dose chemotherapy to the liver while controlling systemic exposure and associated side effects. We have been enrolling a global Registration clinical trial for Patients with Hepatic Dominant Ocular Melanoma (OM) called The FOCUS Trial and have initiated a global Phase 3 clinical trial for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) called The ALIGN Trial. Melphalan/HDS has not been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for sale in the U.S. In Europe, our system is marketed under the trade name Delcath Hepatic CHEMOSAT® Delivery System for Melphalan (CHEMOSAT) and has been used at major medical centers to treat a wide range of cancers of the liver. Since January 2019 CHEMOSAT is marketed under an exclusive licensing agreement with medac, a privately held multi-national pharmaceutical company headquartered in Germany and specializing in the treatment and diagnosis of oncological, urological and autoimmune diseases.
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