I've been laying low for awhile, but thought it might be a time for an update.
I've just reached my 108th week of participation in the IPI "Brain" trial. It's a bit overwhelming with all the knowledge I've gained about Melanoma since my "move up" to Stage IV in January of '09 to still be an active participant.
The MRI was consistent with the last done 3 months ago. 3 small "enhancing" lesions (too small to measure) in the brain. The docs are about ready to call them necrosis. The remains of the radiated tumor in my C-spine is slowly shrinking away as my body disposes of the dead tissue.
The mets on the left adrenal and the small bowel disappeared along with the majority of lung mets over a year ago.
One pesky met in the left lower lobe obstructed a bronchial tube and caused the formation of a couple of small semi permanent pneumonias. In the last month two bronchoscopes were done on the lobe. The first, a flexible clearly showed the lesion in a very accessible location. A week later a rigid tube scope was performed to attempt to remove the entire met. Unfortunately there were some unforeseen difficulties and only about 2/3rds of the met could be harvested. In addition the bronchial tube and lower lobe were "compromised" so the decision was made to remover the lower left lobe with a VATS procedure to be done in two weeks..
The bottom line is once the lung procedure is complete I should have no active disease. HOLY S*iT BATMAN!!!!
The other good news is that I will remain in the IPI trial and continue on maintenance.
Jerry from Cape Cod