MPIP: Melanoma Patients Information Page

The MPIP is the oldest and largest community of people affected by melanoma hosted through the Melanoma Research Foundation. It is designed to provide support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. Once you have been touched by melanoma—either as a patient or as a family member or friend of a patient—you become part of a community. It is not a community anyone joins willingly. But if you must be part of this group, you will find no better place to find the tools you need in your journey with this cancer, and the friends who can make that journey more bearable.

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ScaredV's picture
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Last reply 7/22/2014 - 3:32pm
Replies by: Thandster, ScaredV, VLMD1986, 5dives, Anonymous

Hello everyone,

My fiance and I will be meeting with a new surgeon/oncologist in two weeks to discuss him getting a SNB.  Unfortunately, this is happening after his WLE, which was done in April.  We are still hoping that this will give us some extra piece of mind and that it will come back negative.

I was wondering, what questions should we be asking at the consultation?

Are there any other tests we should be requesting at this point?

Also, how invasive is this type of surgery? His original lesion was on his jawline, so I am assuming the nodes will be taken from his neck... Is this correct?  How much time will he need to recover and return back to work?

Thank you so much, I dont know what I would do without this website. 

 

 

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 7/22/2014 - 4:10am

Any suggestions?  Someone mentioned a favorite book of their's in the war against Melanoma in the past month or two.  I forgot to write down the title.  I already have some books and basically know how I should eat and live, but I'm always looking for more information/recipes, etc. 

What are your favorites?

Hoping for a cure! 

Terrie

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tommy90's picture
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Last reply 7/22/2014 - 12:49am

Hello all,

 

I went to see my dermatologist today. showed him the mole in question (here is high res picture: http://oi58.tinypic.com/25i0jmo.jpg

He took a look and said "it's so small" and I insisted it had changed. it has...

- gotten darker

- gotten bigger

- the edges you can see are blurry and DEFINITELY GROWING/CHANGING

- had hair growing through it, does not anymore

- gotten "thicker"/more raised

He said "change happens" and I was like 'WTF change does not just happen over the course of 6 months, and if it does, it is concerning!" and he said he would cut it out for me but it would be a voluntary procedure and would charge me $175. I agreed. He said if ANYTHING is atypical, he will refund my money 100% and we will do more testing.

I now have stitches! Yay :) so, it's out. do you agree with my derm, or is he being negligent? I have read loads of stories where people have betted their derms that this IS concerning, and won those bets. And I know lots of you post stories on melanoma.org about how your tiny mole turned out to be mel, so seriously... I can't believe he just said he didn't even wanna cut it out.It changed!! A lot!!!

I find the results out August 6th.

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dotty's picture
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Last reply 7/21/2014 - 2:14pm
Replies by: oldblue, sweetaugust, Anonymous, JerryfromFauq

Hi, my biopsy results came back yesterday showing Stage 1a, 0.5mm from a mole on the sole of my foot. I'm 20 years old and this was a big shock for me in the middle of a busy week at university. I'm having a wide excision done this thursday w 1cm margins and am told that apart from regular checkups every 3 months with my derm, there's nothing else I should be doing.

Now, I consider myself very lucky to have caught it early and know that for my stage WLE has a good cure rate, but I'm wondering if there's anything else I can be doing to prevent recurrence? My derm told me my type of melanoma is unrelated to sun exposure and possible more genetic (often occuring in patients with asian ancestry), but that I should be using SPF 60+ from now on. Do I need to go out of my way to avoid being in the sun? (i.e. no surfing/beach, limit going outside??)

I also get colds pretty often so boosting my immune system up is one of my priorities. Do you guys have any tips for diet, excersice or lifestyle changes that are working for you?

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Live 4 today. Thank God for all he has done for us. Looking forward to enjoying tomorrow.

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Hi all,

Is the above medication known to people on here?

It was reported in a UK paper called The Guardian a few weeks ago.

Regards,

Nigel.

 

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Last reply 7/19/2014 - 11:31pm
Replies by: Bubbles, Anonymous

Hi Everyone,

I have been in the MK 3475 trial with dosage 10mc/Kg every two weeks. After 6 months I stop the trial temporarily due to side effects - mainly GASTRITIS - COLLITIS and lost 40 lbs after my stay in the hospital. I restarted the trial 11 weeks later and after 4 months I stop the trial again due to SEVERE GASTRITIS that put me in the hospital again for a week, lost another 20 pounds! They say my pituitary might be in trouble, low testoterone levels....DILEMA... continue the trial and deal with the side effects (I don't have any weight to loose anymore...I am 115 pounds)  or stop the trial?!

Have anyone has this type of side effects or similar to this? Any advice will be greatly appreciate it.

Jacques

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lbkimball's picture
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Last reply 7/19/2014 - 11:30pm

 

Hi there,

I know most melanoma patients don't receive chemo, which is the most common scenario for a chest port. But it's virtually impossible for the nurses to find my veins, and now that I've started an every-3-week infusion of PD1, we've decided that spending 30 minutes and many, many pokes is not worth it, and that a chest port shall be installed on August 7.

My question is, can the port be used for PET/CT and MRI contrast injections? Also, it seems surprising to me when people have mentioned using a "numbing cream" - does it hurt to have the port accessed?

Any other wise words would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance,  

laura - stage IV with lots of brain and body mets. 

 

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Nell's picture
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Last reply 7/19/2014 - 5:35pm

I  had my second infusion of Yervoy last week.  I am starting with some diahrrea, and I know this side effect is watched carefully...Are most patients able to continue treatment or does this often result in having to stop? I also am wondering if there is a correlation between experiencing side effects and having successful results with Yervoy.Thank you for the help and information.

One voice can make a song; one life can change the world.

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Becky's picture
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Last reply 7/19/2014 - 10:48am
Replies by: Becky, BrianP, lbkimball, Phil S

5 years ago, just before his 21st birthday my son Ben was diagnosed with melanoma. His was a very rare oral melanoma ( on his tongue) that had spread to one lymph node. He did a year of interferon during his senior year of college.

Yesterdays petscan showed NED! Feeling very relieved.

I share this in part to give others hope. Oral melanoma tends be be very aggressive with a grim prognosis. I know, in the melanoma world, 5 years does not mean cured, but I feel like it is a huge milestone.

I am so grateful to this board and those that have given support .There are probably a lot of people who never post, but read to gather information and feel connected.

Keep on fighting

Becky

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Ginger8888's picture
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Last reply 7/19/2014 - 8:50am

Hi everyone, i have a question..I did the 30 day HD interferon back in April with no problems except a little fatigue in the mornings..It didn't work so i am on Yervoy now and did my 2nd does a couple weeks ago and have shoulder and arm pain..My left forearm was hurting pretty back before my surgery back in feb but has eased some since..My left shoulder and muscle in my upper arm hurts like crazy and has been since may, was wondering if anyone else has had this experience?..I had a left neck dissection in Feb 2014 am seems things on my left side are screwed up..My right arm is starting to hurt some also but i believe that's because i'm using it more because of the other side..No other side effects with the Yervoy yet..

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oldblue's picture
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Last reply 7/19/2014 - 7:54am
Replies by: oldblue, VLMD1986, Ed Williams, lbkimball, Anonymous

 

Dear All.

Last month I had what I thought was a wart removed frommy L thigh and it turns out it was a stage malignant melanoma. It was graded as Clarl Level 4 and Breslow depth 5mm. There is vascular involvement. Mitosis was scored at 5. My LDH blood test was normal.

I then had a PET CT scan and the results were negative to tumour or mets.

This week I had a lymphocytogram (agony) and ultrasound and the reports were good. It showed normal lymph in my groin and uptake from the primary into two sentinel nodes.

I went to theatre two days ago and had a wide margin excision and removal the two sentinel nodes in my groin. I had another suspicious but not sinister mole removed as a precaution and for testing from my L cheek.

I will receive the results from the procedures in two weeks.

Is this how the disease picture progresses? My feeling is that I some good prognostics and some bad prognostics, but I am not sure if that is how it tends to go and that I am now following a well trodden path to my extinction a year or two from now. Or,is it possiblethat the initial histopathology report may have been over stated.

I'd be grateful for any advice.

With best wishes and thanks to all.

Nigel.

 

 

 

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tommy90's picture
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Last reply 7/18/2014 - 9:23pm
Here is a pic: i57.tinypic.com/atmag9.jpg
 
Yes, the angle is different and yes, the lighting may not be the exact 100% and the jpeg quality may be a bit different too, but this shows the difference. I think the tail (the little blurry brown thing under the mole) has grown and changed. The mole is still very small and I've had it for ages.
 
You cannot see the changes visually unless you have been watching it like a hawk, which I have.
 
I have a derm appt on Monday. I am FLIPPING OUT RIGHT NOW about to cry.
 
can someone reassure me?

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jualonso's picture
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Last reply 7/18/2014 - 8:05pm

As i said in the post, i would like to know tbe people who decide to stop the combo before the resistance appear and go through inmunotheraphy to check in the case thag it did not work came back to combo and it continued working.

Thanks for your answers

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