3 skin cancer treatments that might stop melanoma in its tracks
May 24, 2019
Clinical Chief, Division of Hematology/oncology
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Jade Homsi, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Division of Hematology/Oncology. He is co-leader of the Melanoma Disease Oriented Team at UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated cancer center in North Texas. Dr. Homsi specializes in treating patients with melanoma, advanced skin cancer, and soft tissue and bone sarcomas.
Dr. Homsi attended medical school at Damascus University in Syria. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of South Florida/Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Prior to joining UT Southwestern, Dr. Homsi was an Assistant Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and its affiliate in Arizona.
Dr. Homsi is dedicated to patient-centered care using evidence-based medicine and novel therapies. He is active in research related to melanoma and sarcoma, with a focus on immunotherapy and early phase clinical trials. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 articles based on his research.
He is board certified in medical oncology, and he is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Oncologist Jade Homsi, M.D., brings specialized expertise in melanoma, advanced skin cancer, and sarcoma to the communities of North Texas.
Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2017, Dr. Homsi practiced for 10 years at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the center affiliate in Arizona, which made him very aware that having to travel a long way to get cancer treatment can make a challenging illness even more difficult
“It’s really meaningful for me to be part of a team that offers top-level cancer care right here in Dallas,” he says.
Part of what makes UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center the best in the Metroplex, Dr. Homsi says, is the focused expertise of its cancer physicians.
“Oncologists at UT Southwestern are specialized,” he says. “I don’t treat all kinds of cancer patients – I’ve spent my entire career focused on melanoma and sarcoma. It’s what I do every day.” He says this kind of specialization improves treatment outcomes for patients.
The forms of cancer Dr. Homsi specializes in are known for being sometimes difficult to treat and for being challenging for a general oncologist to treat.
Melanoma is not the most common type of skin cancer, but it is the most serious. Dr. Homsi says it is of particular concern for Texans because of the sunny weather residents enjoy year-round. “Not everyone realizes that melanoma does not stay isolated to the skin,” he says. “it can spread, or metastasize, to the body’s internal organs and becomes life-threatening.”
Recent advances in immunotherapy, the most common treatment for melanoma, have significantly improved the outlook for both survival and quality of life, Dr. Homsi notes.
“People are now living much longer with melanoma than they used to,” he says. “The life expectancy of people with advanced and metastatic melanoma, for example, has more than tripled since the emergence of immunotherapy drugs.”
Dr. Homsi is hoping for and expecting a similar boom in new therapies for sarcoma, a rare form of cancer than can affect any type of connective tissue in the body, from bone and fatty tissue to blood vessels. “Research in sarcoma is definitely progressing,” he says. “We’re investigating several new ways to target sarcoma cancer cells, and we are testing new drugs that could and should improve treatment outcomes for people with sarcoma.”
Part of Dr. Homsi’s work involves participating in clinical research to investigate potential new therapies for melanoma advanced skin cancer and sarcoma. “It’s both interesting and exciting to be a part of that work,” he says. “And participating in research means we can bring the latest advances to our patients quickly.”
Whether he is treating melanoma or sarcoma, Dr. Homsi approaches each patient as an individual and not just another medical case.
“At UT Southwestern we use a team approach to craft our treatment plans,” he says.
“We gather a team of experts from dermatology, surgery, radiation, and other disciplines to come up with the right approach for each patient. Every person is different, and I really enjoy working with patients and helping them make treatment decisions based on their individual needs.
“Our task is not just to treat their cancer. We want to care for the person, not the cancer.”
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