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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Sherron's picture
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Last reply 10/16/2010 - 11:37pm

Hi everyone, Just a note to let those of you who follow our story...Jim has finally accepted to go to the Doctor....We are with the VA and it had been like 15 months since he had been.  It is like starting all over...said they could see him on Dec 23rd....Well, our best advocate that lives close to us (daughter-in-law )got involved...He has an appointment Monday at 10:00am.  He needs to be on some kind of pain management.  I know we have gone to Stage IV, as he lumps and bumps everywhere, bruising like stuff all over, mostly stomach right now....and deep pain in the groin.  He has only worked 5 days in September...and so far 1 day in October.  It hurts, to stand, walk, or he reclines most of the time.....He had 4 very good years, with nothing being done no, WLE or SNB, just his natural stuff, but it has progressed, and now FINALLY he realizes he needs some pain management.  It was very hard for him to say he will go....and my goodness....Monday, it not here yet.  So hoping he will really go when it gets time on Monday. 

Take Care,

Sherron, wife to Jim

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Last reply 10/15/2010 - 9:50pm
Insert Generic Inspirational Motto Here

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Last reply 10/15/2010 - 9:48pm

i have  posted an update on the off Topic Bulletion Board in response to the many requests for my status and updates from my great Melanoma Patients Information Page (MPIP) Family.  I love this group of caring, compassionate, and intelligent people that I have met during the last 4 years since finding the fabulous group Founded in 1996 by Jeff Paterson to honor his sister-in-law.

My update is under the JerryFauq post by JackieW.

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Hi Linda,


How is John doing.???? Hope he is doing better.

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Hi Lauren,


Glad to see you are posting on the Board. How is Jenna?? She is in our prayers.

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Sherron's picture
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Last reply 10/14/2010 - 10:01pm

Hi Linda - thinking of you today and wishing you the very best on your surgery tomorrow...Prayer & Hugs.

Take Care,


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Last reply 10/14/2010 - 4:45pm

Eric's vacular tumors have been bursting.  We've been bandaging them up and tonight I changed one of the bandages because it was seeping so bad that it saturdated his sock at work today.  When I removed the bandage the odor was so bad I almost got sick.  I cleaned it with alcohol and still the odor was from the tumor awful.  His leg has recently become very swollen and this area as well as an area on his thigh where he has other vascular tumors is red.  I outlined the redness in pen to see if it grows, but I'm beginning to think he may have an infection.  I have never smelled an odor like that from his vascular tumors after they burst.  He is also running a fever of 99.1 right now.

I called earlier to our specialist in another state but they were gone.  What are your thoughts?  Anyone else had this happen?

Thanks, JillNEric in OH

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Hello everyone, this is a good overview of the recent advances in systemic treatment of melanoma from the Annals of Oncology.

For the full text:


After decades of phase III trials failing to demonstrate an impact on survival of various drugs in metastatic melanoma there are finally significant advances in systemic therapies for melanoma emerging. Novel ways to modulate the immune system by monoclonal antibodies as well as various signalling pathway inhibitors are responsible for creating a whole new therapeutic landscape. For the first time it is likely that a number of new drugs with completely different mechanisms of action will be approved in the near future. The imminent candidates are the anti-CTLA-4 antibody ipilimumab, and the highly selective BRAF inhibitor PLX4032. But in each class other molecules are under development with good perspectives. Various new combinations will have to be explored and it is reasonable to expect synergies between the different classes of drugs as well as between novel molecules within the same class of drugs. Here, an overview of current developments and the most important new drugs under consideration is provided.


My best to all of you

Emily - wife of mike, stage 3a - 14 mos NED

Our experience with melanoma:

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Lori C's picture
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Last reply 10/14/2010 - 11:40am
Replies by: Sherron, rj, Fen, Pat from Ohio

I want to thank the remarkable people - patients, caregivers, and everyone else - from this board for their unending support during the time Will was fighting this disease and now, for your overwhelming kindness to me. 

Having lived in Israel & Australia, where melanoma is epidemic, I long had a fear of this disease.  3 years ago, I lost one of my dearest friends to it, after a courageous 9 month battle during which the cancer responded to absolutely nothing.  As she was guardian to her brother's 3 children - he and his wife had been killed in a car accident a year before - this disease seemed to me a vicious, relentless thief.

Will, and his fight, became a part of me in a way that I guess only caregivers can quite understand.  No matter where I was or what I was doing, all of my love and attention really belonged to him.   Will's lifelong fight for autonomy and independence astonished me in it's focus, and he brought the same courage to the fight against this disease.  But he could not do the research, find the resources, and weigh the many variables needed to really battle this monster, and that is where you all provided the most invaluable help.  My only regret is that I didn't find this board far earlier, and that is a profound regret. 

Right now I am feeling, as Jung said, "a fatal resistence to life in this world."  I miss him too desperately to imagine getting through this day, let alone those which may come.  For anyone who didn't know Will, but might like to, here are two - very incomplete - pieces I wrote about him

I will keep checking this board because I care so about all of you and because I need to stay connected to you.   I owe all of you more than I could ever possibly repay.

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Last reply 10/13/2010 - 10:36pm
Replies by: Jaime.30, Anonymous, ChrisB

Hi everyone.  Its been so long since I have been on here.  I had to take a break from this site last year after Andy was done with his interferon.  I love all the support you get from everyone on here but its also sad b/c this disease is just so horrible and is so heart breaking.  Andy has recently had a constant headache that goes from dull to really hurting.  I don't want to say severe b/c it hasn't hurt so bad that he's been layed up in the bed all day from pain.  Anyway, he went to see his PCP for his and they did a CT scan which was negative.  They put him on a 10 day regiment of inflammatory and muscle relaxers which he said eased the pain some but never took it completely away.  He does have some days where the headache goes completely away but not for long.  Anyway, the headache has been going on for 7 weeks now and last week when we went for his 6 month follow up with his oncologist, they suggested he have a MRI done since the ct scan was without contrast and pretty much useless.  His Dr. said she didn't think it was melanoma related since he is showing no other signs such as numbness, slurring speech, visual problems, not being able to focus or keep track of thought.  He's just simply had a constant headache.  She seemed to think a constant migraine.  Either way, i am super worried.  We have been told twice now that he's had cancer and are only 2 1/2 years into remission.  He made it to 3 years last time before we found out it had come back. He's stage 3, btw.  What do you guys think?  Does anyone else suffer from this kind of headache? 

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Last reply 10/13/2010 - 9:49pm

My first whole brain radiation and my subcutaneous tumour on a different machine is planned for tomorrow morning (stomach) and brain afternoon and my second session is Monday for both. I don't know how I will be after it, but keeping my fingers crossed.


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Last reply 10/13/2010 - 6:01pm
Replies by: Brandi, EricNJill, Anonymous, washoegal

Hi everyone,

I am new here I just went to a surgeon today who wants to do a WLE and SLN on me for a spitzoid melanoma that I had removed on my calf. I also have an in situ on my rib cage he wants to do a larger excision on this one as well. My patho is as follows: calf: spitzoid melanoma 1.6cm, margins clear, mitotic rate 0, lymphovascular 0, lymphocytic ifiltrate non brisk, ulceration absent, regression absent. He agreed that the patho results look good and said there is a 10% chance my lymph nodes were affected. Rib cage melanoma in situ original amount taken was .5cm which from what I have read is the recommendation. This doc is supposed to an expert on melanoma he is at UPMC hospital in Pittsburgh. I am just confused as to why he needs to take more on the rib cage. I also want to know if it is standard procedure from what you all know to have the SLN done right off the bat? Thanks for any info you all have.


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Last reply 10/13/2010 - 3:22pm
Replies by: Sherron, Amy Busby

Hi Amy,


I have been away from awhile and just saw your post to Jamie.

You are always in my thoughts....I hope you are doing well. Please post an update. We all love you!

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Last reply 10/13/2010 - 9:54am

Okay, I blew it and let the stupid Derm do a scrape biopsy on my arm. I won't bore you with details. But this spot is a dyspastic nevus. and of course there are leftover cells in my skin. So, this derm says let him remove all the cells (nope!). MY derm specialist says it is all up to me whether I do or don't, everyone has varied opinion...So I would have the surgeon who did my graft remove the rest if I do...but the question is do I ?

Any Opinions?


Sarah, stage 3A NED 3 months

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Misty Dobson Duanes sister's picture
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Last reply 10/13/2010 - 12:45am

Hi friends,

This bulletin board is all too familiar to me....I just lost my brother January 30,2010 after he fought Melanoma for almost 8 years. I found this bulletin board years ago and after my brother passed and I posted the news I did not return to the bulletin board because for many reasons related to grief and coping.I miss my brohter desperately and I was with him until after his last breath, I told him I would continue fighting Melanoma in his name and that I would tell people how amazing he was.....this is my Mission in life until the day I die I will fight Melanoma.

Now I need your help. I am putting together a presentation so that I can talk to school aged kids about Melanoma and hopefully prevent a Melanoma diagnosis. I need to put some stories together ..I especially need to accompany the stories with a picture of the person who has had Melanoma whether they are a survivor or since passed from this horrible cancer. I need these young people  to relate and the best way to do that is to put together something that will keep their particular younger people and people that as a young person did something they feel may have led to a Melanoma diagnosis.

Please contact me at I would love to share yours or your loved ones story with others so that we can make a positive impact and save lives with awareness..... Please help. I look forward to hearing from you.


Misty Dobson

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