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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gabsound's picture
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Last reply 8/11/2011 - 12:34am


I completed first round of biochemo with Temodar, IL2 and Interferon. It went as well as I think it could have. Symptoms were mostly nausea, some anxiety and a rash which showed up on my face, chest and abdomen. I had a reaction to the Ativan and wont be having that again. I was also given Thorazine  for persistent hiccups along with nausea. I won't have that one again either.

The rash peeled a bit on my face as well as my chest. Nothing happened on the abdominal area.

My question to those doing IL2-what happened with the rash for round 2? Did it come in the same places? Did it get worse?

I start round 2 on 8/24/11.

Julie in Las Vegas

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AZ_Gal's picture
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Last reply 8/10/2011 - 1:55pm
Replies by: MichaelFL, lhaley

Everything came back clear!!! So for now I am NED!!!! YAY!

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mwb1010's picture
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Last reply 9/21/2011 - 1:14pm

hello....can anyone help me...I have been diagnosed with
melanoma and have had a wide excision and sentinel node biopsy. the
results of the snb came back with nothing present in the lymph
nodes...The depth of mine was 1.02mm but was all taken out with the wide excision. Does anyone know if I have anything to continue to worry about....I know that melanoma can come back anytime but I am still very nervous and my surgery was back in December 2010.  I know that there are people that are in a worse condition as I am but am I stressing myself out? Thank you in advance..

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Last reply 8/11/2011 - 1:04am
Replies by: tricialeigh44

My sister (stage IV since may of 2010) completed all 3 rounds of IL2 and now after two CT scans we are now moving on to IPI.  I would like to hear from anyone that has had this course of treatment, and what the results were.


My sister is not waiting for the storm to pass and is dancing in the rain. 

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Last reply 8/10/2011 - 9:22am
Replies by: triciad, MichaelFL

Could be sooner rather than later.


Kellie(from Iowa) STage IV

Cancer Sucks. I'm so not done kicking cancers ass! I have a lot of life left to live

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Last reply 8/9/2011 - 8:38pm
Replies by: Nan in Nebraska, Rocco

Since ending dacarbazine a month ago, I started going back into my vitamin and supplement program. Mainly I focus on high does of Vitamin C, Vitamin D and a Potent Multi Vitamin and some green tea extract.

Tomorrow I start ipi and assume I won't be able to take any of these supplements during the trial - is this true or have others taken vitamins while on ipi? Gene S - you had mentioned back in June taking high dose Vitamin D and even red wine :) Was this okay with your oncologist or did you go against his suggestion? Can you enjoy a glass of wine on ipi? 

Lisa - Stage 4

Many impossible things have been accomplished for those who refuse to quit

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Lisa13's picture
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Last reply 8/9/2011 - 7:42pm
Replies by: MichaelFL

There is alot of talk about this new vaccine that is showing promise in clinical trials. That being said, is it only for BRAF positive people and can it be used after ipi? 


Many impossible things have been accomplished for those who refuse to quit

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Brief recap - I had a full, left lymph node dissection in June after reoccurence noted in May, 2011. Primary site was lower, left back in 2006. Initial PET/CT showed highlighted area to muscle in upper left thigh at same time as node detection. Removal of nodes showed 4 of 11 to be positive. Due to area in upper left thigh being positive, I was told I was Stage IV, resected. Within one week of surgery site was infected and I have since been medically packing the area. During this time I have gone for additional opinions.

I have traveled to Johns Hopkins and Sloan Kettering. My staging was noted to be Stage IIIb and Stage IIIc respectively. Johns Hopkins recommends Interferon since I would not be eligible for any trials at this time with no known, measurable disease. I am showing positive for BRAF. Sloan Kettering does not recommend Interferon nor do they use Interferon for any means of treatment at their Institution. Sloan Kettering feels there is not an added benefit with the use of Interferon, statistically, against reoccurrence coupled with the extreme side effects when taking this drug for the year. They would rather me not take Interferon and scan me every 3 months for the first year stating I have an 85% chance of relapse in the first year.

I would love to hear from those that elected to take Interferon and what assisted you in your decision process as well as  hear from those that didn't elect to take Interferon and why not.

Your feedback is much appreciated - I am fairly new to the board, since July, and truly feel the added benefit of being part of such a compassionate group of people, thank you.

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ShellyB's picture
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Last reply 8/11/2011 - 11:13am


could do with some help here, was orginally diagnosed with melanoma in 2003 on my left calf and had interferon back then, i was ned for just five years, since then i had recurrences twice on the back left knee, on the left thigh and last year just above my pelvis,all had been surically removed. Just recently i found a spot on my left arm and on the back of my left rib, I was then sent for a PET scan to see if they had melanoma, which they did but there are other spots which some i now can feel, one on my left thigh, also on the back  of my right rib, just below the right of my chest and a spot just above my liver, there is also spots in my right hip.didn't realise one person could get it in so many places, and i feel i'm not getting the help i need, i'm living in Ireland. Til today i was waiting to hear about the Braf trial and if i could get on it, but apparently the trial is now closed, so the only option i'm left with is a drug called Temodal. I'm aware of the Ipilimumab drug but this is not licenced here in ireland and the only way i can get it is to try Temodal for two months and if this fails i can then have the Ipi drug,,just do not understand the system. I was always led to believe that chemo drugs like temodal are not effective on melanoma, so i hope i'm wrong but why have i do go through with this. what is this ipi drug and what kind of results does it have..any info would be grateful





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Replies by: triciad

There has been some talk on the board recently concerning alternative medicines, herbs, dietary supplements, botanicals and other products etc., so I just wanted to post a few websites I have used over the years. If one has time, both websites are good reading. One will also find other areas of interest as well.

American Cancer Society:

Dietary Supplements: How to Know What Is Safe

Also from ACS: Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

Memorial Sloan Kettering:

Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products

This provides a alphabetical or search evidence-based listing of information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, and more.


This information is for general patient educational & information purposes only. It should not be used for diagnosing/treating a health problem or disease. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your healthcare provider.

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TracyLee's picture
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Last reply 8/10/2011 - 12:17pm

Hi y'all,

First, my deepest sympathy to those who are in such pain over the loss of their loved ones. I lift each of you in my prayers.

I was admitted through the ER last Monday, stayed until Wednesday. Had to have two lung drains, just to get to a stable point until I went to Philly.

I was joking with my family, in the past week, I've had 3 thoracentesis (drain my lungs), 5 chest x-rays, CAT scans of chest and abdomen. Honestly now! And I still had to go BACK to the ER for yet another thoracentesis this past Sunday.

I went to Philly yesterday, and left with BRAF meds in hand. While I was not impressed AT ALL with my original consult up there, yesterday was a very pleasant encounter.  So, my hat is off to the U of Penn staff, and Dr. Schuchter.

Per Dr. Schuchter, since I just completed ipi, and am now doing BRAF, I have a very good shot at a positive response. I'm sure many of the more knowledgeable board posters are well aware of this, but I was not and was happy to hear it!

Praying for those of us in treatments, lifting those who are suffering.


Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares. 1 Peter 5:7 Stage IV 5/16/11 Ipi - 4 rounds May - July 2011 BRAF expanded access trial 8/8/11

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Last reply 8/9/2011 - 8:57am
Replies by: Phil S

Hi Everyone,

I started Braf clinical trial Vemurafenib last weds.  I am doing this thru Mass General and Doctor Lawrence.  So far no side effects except tired.  Def been STRONGLY warned about all the skin issues that might pop up rashes, skin sensitivity and growing things on my body ugh.  I can tell it is already working as lump in my breast is almost gone already.  I am psyched as we are leaving this weekend to our annual camping trip (cabins so not quite camping) to cooperstown ny and enjoy the peace and quiet it is soo beautiful out there and of course will venture in to town to do the basebal thing :)  perfect timing for me and my kids(in their 20s but still my kids)   and of course being a former bostonian - we are psyched red sox are doing soo well - sorry yankees fans :)

take care everyone, you are all in my prayers

laurie from maine

ps my sister who is currently battling stage 3 breast cancer is doing awesome with her recovery from surgery - been told she is a "rock star" by her doctors she is truly amazing!

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Lisa13's picture
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Last reply 8/12/2011 - 12:54pm

Tomorrow is my first day of ipi (yervoy).  I'm a little nervous about potential symptoms, but other than that, I'm hoping and praying that this treatment will work for me. It's my birthday on Saturday, so that has to bring me some kind of luck :)

I have a busy month ahead of me - my birthday, a wedding to go to, moving into a house - all celebratory things which has been keeping my mind very busy through all this nonsense.   As much as I want to have symptoms to feel like this might be working, I hope it doesn't prevent me from enjoying all these wonderful things.

Prayers and Positive Thoughts to you all!


Many impossible things have been accomplished for those who refuse to quit

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DeniseK's picture
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Last reply 8/11/2011 - 5:57pm

Hi all!!

I'm going to see my oncologist tomorrow!  Finally after 2 months since diagnosis and surgery!!  Anywho I'm supposing that I'll start my treatments of Interferon soon. 

A few questions about the process.  I heard that I either need a port or a picc.  Do they put this in on the first treatment day or before?  About how long after I see my doctor can I expect to start?  I really want to get this started and get it over with!!  Can anyone tell me the process??  What about tests before?? 

I'll find out tomorrow but I have no patience!  I wanna know before!!



Cancer Cannot cripple love, silence courage, destroy friendship, shatter hope or conquer the spirit.

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