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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Is anyone aware of a Yeroy and MEK trial?

Or has anyone thought of combining the two drugs? can anyone offer any advice or knowlege to this,


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Last reply 9/19/2011 - 11:17am
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Thursday evening at 9 pm (eastern time)

Vitamin D expert and international speaker

 Dr. Marc Sorenson will be interviewed in an audio

presentation online or by telephone.

Listen online at:

Join us by calling the number below:
Date:           Thursday - Sept.15, 2011
Time:           6 pm (PST) / 9 pm (EST)
Call-In #:      760-569-7676
Access Code: 815676#
Live 4 today. Thank God for all he has done for us. Looking forward to enjoying tomorrow.

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Last reply 9/19/2011 - 9:49am
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I just joined this bulletin board because the informaion here is very helpful.

My father is 83 years old and he was diagnosed with melanoma in June 2010. His tumor was on the sole of his foot.  In July 2010, he had surgery to remove the tumor and at that time it was about 5mm. They also removed 3 lymph nodes in his groin area, two of which had melanoma. 

In May 2011, he started having lesions on the skin of the same leg.  These lesions started out small and have grown bigger and there are hundreds of them now.  The doctor put him in a clinical trial for the drug dasatinib ( a targeted chemo drug I think)  since he has the C-kit mutation.  He was on it for two months and the doctor said that it is not working since the lesions have gotten bigger.

His melanoma is stage IIIC. His lesions are still on this lower leg.  He has a couple on his upper thigh and one near the groin area.  All of his lesions are on the same side where the tumor is. Two weeks ago, he had CT scans of his pelvis and chest and the doctor said the melanoma has not spread to his organs.

The doctor is now recommending Yervoy for treatment.  We have alot of concerns about the side effects of Yervoy because of his age.  He has high blood pressure which he is taking medication for and has asthma but generally in good health for his age.  I know different people experience different side effects while on Yervoy but can anyone tell me if  they know anyone in the same age range who took Yervoy and what side effects they have? I guess I am asking whether he can handle the side effects at his age (whether it will be fatal).  We have to make a decision about whether we should go with Yervoy, Decarbazine, or no treatment.

I appreciate any insight you can give and thank you all for your help.  

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Last reply 9/19/2011 - 9:24am

On Wednesday I had a 4 month follow-up MRI which showed a 2mm reduction in size of existing brain met from 7mm to 5mm. And probably more importantly, no new ones! Whew, what a relief. So it looks like the combo of gamma knife(in May) and ipi(started in August) has me moving in the right direction. I am starting to have some gastro issues from the ipi, but with this's worth it. 


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Last reply 9/19/2011 - 8:54am
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I just received the following link from my niece who works for Enduro.  This is a small company working on vaccines, that will now include melanoma.  There is so much good research going on now after so many years of nothing new for melanoma.  I hope and pray that this trend continues and that soon melanoma will be a chronic disease ather than a terminal one.

I am looking at 2 trials at UCSF that will be opening soon as my biochemotherapy is done with no disease progression, but no reduction.  They are trying to roll out an anti-PD1 trial in November but I feel like I need to do something between now and then.  Next scans are at end of this month which will help me determine what to do, and when. 

God bless all of you that are battlling this disease.  Just remember, there is hope for all of us as new treatments are found every day.


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Aloha everyone.

My name is Bob, and I was diagnosed with MM back in March of this year. Had a wide excision on the neck to remove what I have been told was a stage I. Another one popped up on upper left arm a couple weeks ago, and I will have to have it re-biopsied in a few weeks. Only reason for the delay is my derm. is out of town for a few weeks. I live on the big island of Hawaii, and have to fly to Oahu for treatments, and examinations. I have hundreds of the a- typical moles on me, and hardly a day passes now without changes appearing. You will  have to forgive my lack of proper terminology on much of what is going on, but I am learning as fast as I can from all of your posts. I have already met some of you wonderful people. I feel lucky to have found you all , and this site. I don't feel so alone with this process now, and that is a blessing that is beyond any words I can type here. Instead of just sitting here and looking into the jungle for answers, I now pop in here every day to educate myself further, and in just a few days I have learned way more than I ever wanted to know about this disease. Thanks to you all for allowing me into this special place, and sharing your experiences. 


We are one.

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Last reply 9/19/2011 - 8:11am

I know that so many people on this board have been wondering about Val, and  just wanted to let you all know that I got an email from her today.  She plans on updating the board as soon as she is feeling better.  I think she's a little beat up right now, so feel free to post some positive thoughts to her and let her know you're thinking of her -

Way to go Val!!

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Last reply 9/19/2011 - 7:24am
Replies by: MariaH, washoegal, Lori C, Anonymous

Along with a friend, I am hosting a benefit concert in honor and in memory of Will as the "yarzheit" (year's time) of his death approaches.  I wrote a lot about him here and hope it's okay that I share this:

Here is a blog diary on Will, and the event:!-%28please!%29?vi...

Here is a Youtube promo for it that tells a little about his life:


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My 54 year old father was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma this past April after a tumor was discovered in his knee.  He just finished up a 4 dose cycle of Yervoy- the FDA approved version, not a clinical trial.  The scans just came back and he has new tumors and his current ones have continued to grow.  His oncologist provided information about Dacarbazine and a new clinical trial with a drug called SCH 727965 which is in a new class of drugs caled cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors.   After reading the research consent form,  I realize that the purpose of the study is to establish a safe dosage and that it is a very new treatment.  I was curious is anyone has had any experience with this trial or drug?

What have others next step been after Ipi did not work?  That is the only treatment that he has recieved and it appears as though there are alot of other drugs/options out there.  We just do not where to go from here, any advice would be greatly appreciated!



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Last reply 9/18/2011 - 7:56pm
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Please let me know if you have had any serious side effects from ipi


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Last reply 9/18/2011 - 4:46pm

Hello Everyone,

Its been a long time since I have posted on this website.  To be honest it wasn't easy for me to come on this site and read all of the various stories.  I'm still not sure it helps 100% of the time but I miss everyone I use to correspond with.  I aplogise for not posting more often.  I am now 4 months into my interferon treatment.  Its been tough but tolerable.  Nothing new has been discovered and I'm approaching a year from my diagnosis day!  I couldn't have done this without my friends and family by my side. 

The main reason I am writing is because I have recently been suffering from anxiety and I believe its because of the Interferon.  Did anyone else experience this?  If so I'd love to know how you treated it.  I'm currently on Cipralex but that doesn't seem to be helping.  It helps with the depression but not my anxiety.  Is there something natural that could help?  I'm not opposed to pharmaceuticals but I'd love to try a natural remedy first.

All my love


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Last reply 9/18/2011 - 11:59am
Replies by: dian in spokane, LynnLuc, Anonymous, DebbieH

My Friend  Linda S ( Magnolia Springs) was put on the sister trial that I am on for melanoma that couldn't be resected ( mine was for NED pateints)...she has completed 2 twelve weeks of the anti PD 1 and peptides and has shown 30% reduction in her multiple melanomas, and no progression. Some melanomas are gone. She now begins the booster IV's of anti PD 1 every 3 months. She is the one in my picture with the shortest hair...although she now has much more hair!! Yes its awesome news!!

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

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Last reply 9/18/2011 - 10:02am

Hi Everyone!!

I'll be starting my Interferon on Monday 8/15.  They're putting in my PICC line on Saturday.  Kinda sux cuz I was gonna go to the lake and have a sort of going away party!!  :)  I'll be sure to keep it dry but not my tummy it will be nice and wet with some silver bullets!!  :) 

I'm not looking forward to this but I feel like I have to do it!! 

My new oncologist is super cool!  Never had a doctor hug me before!! 

Anyway I'll keep updating on how it's going!!

Denise  :)

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

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LynnLuc's picture
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Last reply 9/18/2011 - 8:36am

I am asking if anyone can tell me something about the dyes. I have done scans and scans for most of my life.


3 months ago I had a reaction and I itched and hived on feet, legs, truck, back face, and arms starting about 5 minutes after the CT scan. They treated me with a couple IV pushes of Benadryl and said next time I would need to be premedicated due to allergy reaction.


Yesterday I had my scan and I had to take Medrol 32 mg 12 hours before and then again at 2 hours before as well as 50 mg of Benadryl 1 hour before. The tech says the premeds usually always work in 99% of the patients...I drink 3 glasses of medium stuff that taste like gator aid...then after they do a couple run throughs in the machine they use a drip of Optiray 320. This time they started the drip and ran me in the machine and on the way out I was starting a serious reaction to the dye. I went into shock and it was an awful ordeal yesterday. Hives, itching, urge to vomit, bottomed out on BP , breathing trouble, blacked out, they pushed steroids and Benadryl in my line and some other things. They hooked me up to monitors and over a course of time  I had 7 adrenaline shots to the chest. I was trembling and shaking all over like Parkinsons.They had to monitor me so they admitted me and kept me on O2 and gave me zantac in IV as well. They wanted to give me Duladid but my hubby and I said no.


 I didn't even get to do my MRI or my Anti PD 1. My question is I had to reschedule my Anti PD 1 and MRI...and the nurse says I need to take the premeds again. It had to be on the first drip of the CT dye I had I am scared because of the MRI dye...anyone know if I will end up in shock again??-  Dr W says I need to be certified as allergic to Iodinated  radio contract dyes and Optiray320 and I should never take the stuff again...why would I need to be premed again for the MRI? Isn't it also an iodinated dye?  It was so close to death yesterday and if one drop in my vein can do that what is going to happen if they use it again for the MRI? Do they have a substitute dye for people who are allergic?- Lynn

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

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Last reply 9/18/2011 - 8:17am
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Hi all.

My wife just had her second dose of dacarbzine for secondary in her liver.  She is in a lot more discomfort this time, more so than the first dose.  I was just wondering what side effects others who had dacarbazine had,  if any, and how many doses were given.  We are having a ct on 29 September to judge its effectiveness. thanks

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