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Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford ‘Heartbroken’ by His Son Rio’s Death [Video]

In a statement shared with PEOPLE, the couple, who have been married since 1997, say they “are both inspired by the life of our son and stepson, Rio Hackford, and heartbroken by his loss.”

“His life showed us how to live in generosity and community,” they add. “He shared his life’s journey with so many who now mourn him, and at the same time, celebrate their fortune in knowing him.”

An actor known for roles in The MandalorianTreme and American Crime Story, Rio died Thursday in Huntington Beach, California, his brother Alex Hackford previously told Variety. He was 51.

“Rio died of uveal melanoma, a very aggressive and rare form of cancer,” Taylor, 77, and Mirren, 76, reveal in their statement. “We would beg everyone reading this to get their eyes tested at least once a year, which might save their loved ones from this cancer.”

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Update on Melanoma Skin Cancer & Opdivo Immunotherapy Treatments [Video]

I have Stage 3c melanoma skin cancer. I’ve had multiple surgeries, quarterly CT scans, needle biopsies and much more! This is an overview of everything I have gone through so far. I will have my 4th (of 12) treatment next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering. I am on Opdivo for 1 year. If you have any questions for you, leave it in the comments and I can get back to you. :-)—————————-Taken from Cancer.org August 2022 This explains exactly what I’ve been told by doctors and explains how it’s given to patients. Immunotherapy is the use of medicines to help a person’s own immune system recognize and destroy cancer cells more effectively. Several types of immunotherapy can be used to treat melanoma.Immune checkpoint inhibitors:An important part of the immune system is its ability to keep itself from attacking normal cells in the body. To do this, it uses “checkpoints,” which are proteins on immune cells that need to be turned on (or off) to start an immune response. Melanoma cells sometimes use these checkpoints to avoid being attacked by the immune system. But these drugs target the checkpoint proteins, helping to restore the immune response against melanoma cells.PD-1 inhibitors:Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) and nivolumab (Opdivo) are drugs that target PD-1, a protein on immune system cells called T cells that normally help keep these cells from attacking other cells in the body. By blocking PD-1, these drugs boost the immune response against melanoma cells. This can often shrink tumors and help people live longer.They can be used to treat melanomas:-That can’t be removed by surgery-That have spread to other parts of the body-After surgery (as adjuvant treatment) for certain stage II or III melanomas to try to lower the risk of the cancer coming backThese drugs are given as an intravenous (IV) infusion, typically every 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the drug and why it's being given.