Survival: A chance to beat cancer, but at a price

Marie Karakousis melts when her 10-month-old granddaughter Amber drifts off to sleep in her arms.

It’s a common enough response from a doting grandmother but for Marie, who was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma two years ago at the age of 50, the time spent with her first grandchild is especially precious and poignant.

“The prognosis was not good, but I said I didn’t want to know how long I had left,” she says. “That’s when Roche offered me a