I'm having a hard time researching a turn that my friend has taken in her melanoma fight. After a year of interferon not helping to keep the site on her back (and lymph nodes) from growing, she was on chemotherapy for about 5 months last year or so, and was given the NED stamp at that time.
After a good check up in March, she had pain in her mouth, and went to an oral surgeon who biopsied gum tissue. It's apparently stage 1A melanoma, and is still being considered as linked to the original site of origin. We both have consulted good old Dr. Google, but that turns up oral melanoma, which is not - at least not according to her doctor.
We knew that the chemo left her immune system and soft tissue very weak, and thus very succeptible to further cancer. Nonetheless, it's never great to be back here.
Does anyone have any research or experience with this kind of spread?
Next steps are two months of interferon 2b, a lymph node dye test, and then likely a brain scan, since that hadn't been scanned since the original pre-chemo scans last year - all scans were from the chest level and down...
Thanks in advance for any guidance.