Newly Diagnosed

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4/22/2014 9:53pm
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Hi everyone, i'm Ginger and i'm newly diagnosed with stage 3 C melanoma ..Here is a  little bit of my story..I'm hoping to learn some things from you guys and what you've been through..

I had a mole removed in Jan of 2014 by Michelle Palazzo and was diagnosed with stage 3 C melanoma 10 mm with lymph nodes involved..I underwent a neck dissection by Dr. William Wooden from Indiana University Hospital in Feb 2014 and the melanoma had wrapped around nerves and muscles in my neck..Surgeon said each node involved had 33 fingers of cancer coming off each one..He was shocked.He referred me to Leslie Fecher a melanoma specialist also from Indiana University Hospital.I am currently on my 3 rd week of the high dose interferon IV under the care of Dr Mian Mushtaq in Jeffersonville Indiana Norton Cancer Center(transfered treatment closer to home )and am not having hardly any side effects, i'm a little tired but that's about it..I will be doing the shots 3 times a wk for 11 months and possible radiation...I had a CT scan ran two wks ago and it came out fine..I'm hoping the shots are as easy as the 30 day treatment.,

Kelly Smith - (4/23/2014 - 9:21am)

Hi Ginger,

You have come to the right place for the best info. and support! I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis, I was also diagnosed stage 3A in January, at 31 weeks pregnant. I start high dose Interferon on Monday, April 28th. I hope that I don't have many side effects either. I wish you all the best!

Ginger8888 - (4/23/2014 - 5:30pm)

Thank you, i wish you all the luck with your treatment...What helped me the most is drinking the Dollar Store brand Nutritional drinks and plenty of V-8 juice..I'm not much on eating veggies so the V-8 does the job..Drink plenty of water..Please keep me updated on your treatment and how you're doing..