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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mayeast's picture
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Last reply 5/15/2011 - 11:21am

After 8 weeks I have been taken off this clinical trial because of increased METS in the  liver, ( 12 up to 20). I did have some decrease in size in other areas, but not enough. I am now going to try Temodar.

Stay in the moment.

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LynnLuc's picture
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Last reply 5/18/2011 - 11:38pm
Replies by: FormerCaregiver, nicoli

Posting this because in the beginning I  was on this and I knew it didn't hold mine back for long...the radiation did more then Temodar did...

Temozolomide chemoresistance heterogeneity in melanoma with different treatment regimens: DNA damage accumulation contribution.

The efficacy of temozolomide in melanoma treatment is low (response rate <20%) and may depend on the activity of O-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) and mismatch repair. We identified melanoma cell lines with different sensitivities to single versus prolonged clinical dosing regimens of temozolomide treatment and assessed a variety of potential resistance mechanisms using this model. We measured mRNA expression and promoter methylation of MGMT and essential mismatch repair genes (MLH1, MSH2). Cell cycle distribution, apoptosis/necrosis induction, O-methylguanine-adduct formation, and ABCB1 gene expression were assessed. We found that three cell lines, MelA, MelB, and MelC, were more sensitive to a single dose regimen than to a prolonged regimen, which would be expected to exhibit higher cytotoxicity. KAII and LIBR cell sensitivity was higher with regard to the prolonged treatment regimen, as expected. Only MelC expressed MGMT. Gene expression correlated well with promoter methylation. Temozolomide exposure did not alter mRNA expression. Different sensitivities to temozolomide were caused neither by delayed apoptosis induction due to early cell cycle arrest nor by O-methylguanine-adduct formation or efflux transporter expression. MelC was the most resistant cell line with rapid elimination of O-methylguanine adducts. This was in good agreement with its MGMT expression. The sensitive cell lines KAII and LIBR accumulated O-methylguanine adducts after a second treatment cycle with temozolomide in contrast with the other three cell lines. We conclude that MGMT expression and DNA adduct accumulation are relevant factors in temozolomide chemosensitivity. Considering individualized temozolomide treatment regimens either by quantification of DNA adducts or by chemosensitivity testing seems worthwhile clinically.

http://www.curehunter.com/public/pubmed21460749.do

May 26th will be 14 months NED

Advocate for your own treatment.. Stage 4 Melanoma NED Surgery,Radiation, Temodar 300Mg July 2009-March 2010, then Thorocotomy...now "Phase I Study of Anti-PD-1 Human Monoclonal Antibody MDX-1106 and Vaccine Therapy"

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Last reply 1/22/2013 - 2:59pm

My mother was diagnosed this week with metastatic melanoma.  I need to get her in the best cancer center/hospital that specializes in her type of cancer.  Would like input on which of these 3 top cancer centers is best suited for the treatment of metastatic melanoma:  MD Anderson, Sloan-Kettering, or Mayo?  Time is of the essence so your insight is much needed & greatly appreciated.  Thank you, Tonya

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Here is a link for a newspaper article written about my son on Friday, May 13th. It will only be on the site until Monday afternoon, May 16th, so check it out soon if you want to read it.

 

http://www.timesrecord.com/

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Hi Jim,

 

Wondering how you are doing since you have not posted lately. Hope things are well with you.

 

Douglas

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FormerCaregiver's picture
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Last reply 5/15/2011 - 10:57am

If you were newly diagnosed today and your oncologist recommended interferon treatment but didn't
say much about the alternatives, what would you say?

Thanks for any opinions that you may have.

Frank from Australia

I urge everyone to thoroughly educate themselves about melanoma. No part of this post should be considered to constitute any form of medical advice. Please consult a competent oncologist. (I think that prayer can help in ways that we don't always expect).

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Last reply 5/20/2011 - 10:11pm
Replies by: annabanna, lhaley

i went to the dermatologist Monday 5/8/11 and they called today and told me the biopsy they did came back melanoma. they are sending me to specialist in birmingham, al but it is going to be june 2nd before they can they get me in. i just wanted to know if this is normal or if this is to long to wait to see specialist. just don't know how i can take waiting this long to know something.

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i went to the dermatologist Monday 5/8/11 and they called today and told me the biopsy they did came back melanoma. they are sending me to specialist in birmingham, al but it is going to be june 2nd before they can they get me in. i just wanted to know if this is normal or if this is to long to wait to see specialist. just don't know how i can take waiting this long to know something.

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Last reply 5/14/2011 - 3:27pm

i went to the dermatologist Monday 5/8/11 and they called today and told me the biopsy they did came back melanoma. they are sending me to specialist in birmingham, al but it is going to be june 2nd before they can they get me in. i just wanted to know if this is normal or if this is to long to wait to see specialist. just don't know how i can take waiting this long to know something.

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i went to the dermatologist Monday 5/8/11 and they called today and told me the biopsy they did came back melanoma. they are sending me to specialist in birmingham, al but it is going to be june 2nd before they can they get me in. i just wanted to know if this is normal or if this is to long to wait to see specialist. just don't know how i can take waiting this long to know something.

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Last reply 5/16/2011 - 5:48pm

I have Melanoma. I begin Interferon on Monday. Thank you.

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carol b's picture
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Last reply 5/16/2011 - 3:24am

Had my pet scan last wed. I got my results this week... Four of my tumors are completely gone. No sign that they were ever there.. Prayers are working, Thanks for all of them.. The black monster under my arm grew about 3 more cm. But thats ok.. I got back to Vandy next week on the 18th to do another round of IL2. Pray that i can take at least 10 to 12 bags. It did shrink it over half its size last time but me and the doc got way to confident and set the IL2 appt to far apart and it allowed mel to grow back and increase in size. I will get 7 days to recoup after the first round and go back on June 1 to do another round. The treatments are horrible, those of you that have taken it know. I need as much of this med in my body as i can handle and i know i cant do it without prayers. But when it shrinks it this time my surgeon is gonna take it out and hit me with another round of IL2 and make me NED.. I will become one of the miracles.. In Dec i was told i had 9 months to live, 5 of those r gone now and i know im gonna beat the death sentence i was given, well mel ain't gonna get me anyway,, something else could happen but it wont be mel..I believe with all my heart that the prayers i have received have helped me get this far in my melanoma walk. I read so many post on here and feel ashamed to report anything good when so many here are suffering. I've learned how to pray and to believe from you all. I have learned too be strong and brave. I have learned to love people i don't even know. I thank you all from the depths of my soul. I will be sending up prayers for you all everyday. You all are special to me even if i don't post it all the time. I just get to emotional and cant, but you are always in my thoughts and in my prayers..May God Bless You All With His Grace..

Believe all thing are possible, believe faith can move mountains, believe in the healing power of prayer and never ever give up on your dreams

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Last reply 5/16/2011 - 5:51pm

Does anyone know of any doctors in Delaware that specialize in melanoma that they would recommend?

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Last reply 5/13/2011 - 6:02pm
Replies by: MMarieMetcalfe, Anonymous, jimjoeb

I received the first pathology report following my WLE and SLNB of three lymph nodes. The first report says that the provisional diagnositc all is negative. Yeah!!

However, it also says that results of immunostains and step sections pending. I expect those results in a few days. Am I right to understand that there is still a possibility of something showing up or they wouldn't bother with the immunostains and step sections?

Be Not Afraid-God is with you always Stage IIIa

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Last reply 5/13/2011 - 6:07pm
Replies by: washoegal

My husband had his first WLE and SNB surgery (combined) this past Tuesday. The WLE incision is MASSIVE...it looks to be approximately 9-10 inches across his abdomen, in an "S" shape. The SNB is about 3 inches and is a "hernia" incision, whatever that means.

My hubby is a professional bodybuilder...I'm wondering if he will ever be able to go back and do what he loves, and actually maybe be a contender even with a huge scar in plain sight.

Now we wait the 14 days until the biopsy results come in... supposedly they are being read by the "best in the world" person at Moffitt in Tampa. Oh this wait is going to kill us. Any suggestions on how to get through waiting to find out "how bad the cancer is"? He has never been a patient man.

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