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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RMcLegal's picture
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Last reply 3/11/2011 - 7:55am
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I underwent biochemotherapy treatments at the University of Colorado Cancer Center in 2003, after receiving a Stage IIIc diagnosis (14 malignant nodes).  Today, I'm still above ground and healthy, showing no evident disease.  I've blogged about the lighter side of the journey at www.hotelmelanoma.blogspot.com.  Any other biochemo veterans out there?  Please share your stories.  Best wishes.  Rich McDonald

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Riluzole is drug that is used to treat ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and is now showing promise in treating melanoma.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/156789.php

For info on a phase 1 trial see:

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01303341

 

Frank

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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Hey All

Just wondering if anyone out there who is on a BRAF trial has any experience with bone mets and how the pain levels may have changed whilst on the trial? Craig has just started about 2 weeks ago, for a met in his rib and one in his abdomen. I know its early days, but he thinks the rib one may be feeling a bit more sore, so we were just wondering what to make of this and if anyone else has had similar experiences?

Thanks

Lisa - Aust

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Last reply 2/28/2011 - 11:35am
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Hi All,

So my husband had been responding really well to a combo study of Mek & pI3k inhibitors but after being taken off the drugs for 3 weeks to allow a rash to subside the tumour in his back has aggressively been growing and even being back on the drugs for 3 weeks has had no effect.

After an MRI on Friday they docs have determined he needs immeadiate surgery to stop the tumour from compromising his spinal cord. And most likely radiation. After that on to a new trial....

so onwards from here.....

 

Any advice appreciated.

thanks,

Em

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Last reply 2/28/2011 - 5:51pm
Replies by: TLR, Joan C, Anonymous, lhaley

I was diagnosed with stage 1 one year ago (site was right back). Had wide excision, negative SN. Now ultrasound is showing enlarged lymph node in my left neck. Wouldn't this be an unlikely area considering my original location and stage? The doctor has me scheduled for a ct scan on Thursday.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Tracey

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Last reply 2/28/2011 - 2:10pm
Replies by: MichaelFL, Becky, Anonymous

I am about to start external radiation on my back for 4 weeks does anyone know the time frame of safe conception after this treatment?  My doctor has said to wait 2 months after treatment but i have also heard 1 year is appropriate.

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I am about to start external radiation on my back for 4 weeks does anyone know the time frame of safe conception after this treatment?  My doctor has said to wait 2 months after treatment but i have also heard 1 year is appropriate.

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Last reply 2/27/2011 - 9:01am
Replies by: MichaelFL, lindas58, Janner

A person gets a biopsy & a pathologist report. In the report it state breslow depth, clarks level & wether its ulcerated. Surgery is done to remove the melanoma & more measurements are done which are smaller. My question is does a person add the two measurements together? Which one is accurate/

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Here is an interesting article about mebendazole, a commonly available anthelmintic drug. 

http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/Meetings/Abstracts?&vmview=abst_detail_view&c...

For more info see: http://www.drugs.com/cons/mebendazole.html

 

Frank

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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After 3 months I failed the IPI. Most of my tumors have grown alot and 8 new ones have arrived. For me... The IPI was like feeding melanoma candy that it loved.

Dr Weber told me I have a couple of months to live if I do nothing. He reccommended sending me to get  Carbotaxol this week in Moffit while I am waiting for the processing for an appointment to MD Anderson in 2, 3 or 4 weeks if I am lucky.

Does anyone know if the Carbotaxol treatment would cause a delay in getting any kind of trial 1 treatment. I have heard of so many things that cause delays with trials........I don't want to agree when I should disagree.

Please help.

Rocky (Stage IV LIver Mets)

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Hi All!!

 

I have been battling stage IV melanoma and some how was lead to the biological medicine approach. It has been a great success and I am doing very well. My tumors are dissipating and I feel better than I ever had in my life.

I am now passionate about sharing my story. Follow my blog to hear more about my journey through not only healing my body one cell at a time but also learning a wealth of information about what does our bodies good (and what doesnt).

 

Happy Reading.

 

http://peacelovemelanoma.blogspot.com/ 

 

Please feel free to contact me at lmato17@gmail.com  or on Facebook at Lisa Amato Formato.

 

Peace & Love,

 

Lisa

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Hi All!!

 

I have been battling stage IV melanoma and some how was lead to the biological medicine approach. It has been a great success and I am doing very well. My tumors are dissipating and I feel better than I ever had in my life.

I am now passionate about sharing my story. Follow my blog to hear more about my journey through not only healing my body one cell at a time but also learning a wealth of information about what does our bodies good (and what doesnt).

 

Happy Reading.

 

http://peacelovemelanoma.blogspot.com/ 

 

Please feel free to contact me at lmato17@gmail.com  or on Facebook at Lisa Amato Formato.

 

Peace & Love,

 

Lisa

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Last reply 2/27/2011 - 5:40pm
Replies by: lhaley, Sherron, Jim M., Fen

Hi everyone,

 I haven't posted for awhile but I'd like your advice. Two weeks ago I developed some symptoms in the gastrointestinal tract. I get bloated every time I eat, my stools have changed in consistency and I have some abdominal pain. I had a CT Scan and Dr. Weber emailed me the following, "The scan is OK except there is an equivocal area in the small bowel, cause unknown. It is in the ileum which is at the end of the small intestine." The plan is for me to swallow a contrast and have the area x-rayed over time to detect abnormalities in the small bowel (called a radiological study). Stool samples came back normal.

 I know there can be many causes i.e., overeating, not enough water, bacterial overgrowth, too much fiber or cancer. I'd like your input on this and what your experiences have been with GI issues

 God Bless to all,

 Jim M.

 stage 3C

NED 3+ years

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Extended Dose Ipilimumab with a Peptide Vaccine: Immune Correlates Associated with Clinical Benefit in Patients with Resected High-Risk Stage IIIc/IV Melanoma.

Sarnaik AA, Yu B, Yu D, Morelli D, Hall M, Bogle D, Yan L, Targan S, Solomon J, Nichol G, Yellin M, Weber JS.

Authors' Affiliations: Departments of Cutaneous Oncology and Biostatistics, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida; Departments of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Keck/USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California; and Medarex, Inc, Annandale, New Jersey.

Abstract

PURPOSE: To determine safety and feasibility of adjuvant ipilimumab following resection of high-risk melanoma and to identify surrogate markers for benefit.

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: In this phase II trial, 75 patients with resected stage IIIc/IV melanoma received the CTLA-4 antibody ipilimumab every 6 to 8 weeks for 1 year. Eligible patients received further maintenance treatments. The first 25 patients received 3 mg/kg of ipilimumab, and an additional 50 patients received 10 mg/kg. HLA-A*0201+ patients received multipeptide immunizations in combination with ipilimumab. Leukapheresis was performed prior to and 6 months after initiation of treatment.

RESULTS: Median overall and relapse-free survivals were not reached after a median follow-up of 29.5 months. Significant immune-related adverse events were observed in 28 of 75 patients and were positively associated with longer relapse-free survival. Antigen-specific T cell responses to vaccine were variable, and vaccine combination was not associated with additional benefit. No effects on T regulatory cells were observed. Higher changes in Th-17 inducible frequency were a surrogate marker of freedom from relapse (P = 0.047), and higher baseline C-reactive protein (CRP) levels were associated with freedom from relapse (P = 0.035).

CONCLUSIONS: Adjuvant ipilimumab following resection of melanoma at high risk for relapse appeared to be associated with improved outcome compared to historical reports. Significant immune-related adverse events were generally reversible and appeared to be associated with improved relapse-free survival. Although vaccination failed to induce a consistent in vitro measurable response, a higher change in Th-17 inducible cells and higher baseline CRP levels were positively associated with freedom from relapse. Clin Cancer Res; 17(4); 896-906. ©2010 AACR.

PMID: 21106722 [PubMed - in process]PMCID: PMC3041838 [Available on 2012/2/15]

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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Tari, once again I can't believe you aren't here to have a Jagger Bomb, but I had one for  you and Jen....4 years, I sill can't believe it......I miss you so much......

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