I am living out of India.
I am a melanoma Stage III patient with Unrectable tumor in my Neck. I have multiple Tumors in the Neck and LaryngoPharynx area.
Please find attached the summary of the treatment.
Summary of the treatment
I had mucosal melanoma in Tongue in 2007 and my 2/3 of the tongue has been removed in the first surgery . I was under constant observation. I was cancer free for 5.5 years. in Jan 2013 melanoma has recurred again in my larynx area. . Now my entire Voice Box has been removed on Feb 6th 2013 during the second surgery. ImmunoHistoChemistry for C-KIT came as positive and tried C-KIT inhibitor Imatinib oral tablet for a month.
But still Melanoma has come back to me again in Right Side Level II and Level IV Lymphnodes within 3 months of my 2nd Surgery. I had undergone 3rd Surgery for the radical Neck Dissection of Lymphnodes in May 2013.I was under Interferon Injection for 3 months, Melanoma has recurred again in Laryngopharynx and Neck nodes. Surgeons have told that surgery is no more possible for my case. As per PET CT it has not spread to any other internal part of the body. My braf mutation is negative.
Imported Yervoy and took the first dose of yervoy on Dec 5th. I did not have any side effects so far...
Also I did not see any see any response so far for the last 10 days. Still the tumor growth is in increasing trend..
Is it too early to see the response from yervoy. How long we can wait for Yervoy to respond. Please let me know your opinion on this.
If Yervoy does not work, do we have any other option? Is high dose IL -2 an option?
Please share your views.