Evangeline Luna

Hi, I'm Eva. I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma when I was was 2.

This is Eva's story......

In December 2005, a pimple like bump appeared on Eva's arm.  When it was still there at her well check in January 2006, the pediatrician told me it was muluscum contagioiosm.  So we went along for a month thinking that more bumps would appear since muluscum is so contagious.  At the end of February, the bump had changed and looked like a non-pigmented wart.  Still only one.  We went back to the pediatrician and was told the same thing.  Something seemed off to me.  This little voice inside kept telling me it was something.  I had Eva in a doctor's office twice a month in March, April and May trying to find some doctor who would do something about this bump.  Finally on June 9, 2006, on the 3rd visit, the dermatologist performed a biopsy in the office.  I was prepared to camp out in her office until she did.   We did not receive the call about the diagnosis until June 22, 2006.  Her biospy was sent to 4 different labs eventually making it's way to MD Anderson Cancer Center because the pathologists thought it wasn't correct based on her age.  I'm including the pathology below. 

MALIGNANT MELANOMA, INVASIVE, NODULAR AND SPITZOID TYPES CLARK LEVEL IV. AT LEAST BRESLOW THICKNESS. 4.0 MM. AT LEAST RADIAL (NON-TUMORIGENIC) GROWTH PHASE, NOT AVAILABLE VERTICAL (TUMORIGENIC) GROWTH PHASE, PRESENT MITOTIC FIGURES/MM2, 8 ULCERATION, NOT RULED OUT (PART OF THE SURFACE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR STUDY) REGRESSION, NOT IDENTIFIED VASCULAR INVASION, PRESENT PERINEURAL INVASION, NOT IDENTIFIED MICROSCOPIC SATELLITOSIS, NOT IDENTIFIED TUMOR-INFILTRATING LYMPHOCYTES, MINIMAL ASSOCIATED MELANOCYTIC NEVUS, NOT IDENTIFIED PREDOMINANT CYTOLOGY, EPITHELIOID SURGICAL MARGINS: TUMOR IS PRESENT AT BOTH DEEP AND PERIPHERAL MARGINS OF RESECTION

Eva was diagnosed with Stage IIIb Malignant Melanoma on 6/22/06. She has had 2 surgeries (not including the original shave biopsy) at MD Anderson Cancer Center here in Houston with Dr. Hayes- Jordan. The first surgery the margins were removed from the original tumor site with a wide local incision.  She had a lymphoscintigraphy and 2 sentinel nodes were removed. The tissue around the original tumor site was negative for Malignant Melanoma and the 2 sentinel nodes were positive. During the second surgery six nodes and all remaining tissue were removed from under her arm and everything was negative for Melanoma. After the surgeries, Eva had CT scans of the lungs and abdomen region and all of the scans proved to be negative. NED (no evidence of disease).  Eva was under the care of Dr. Cynthia Herzog at MD Anderson was treated with IV Interferon Alpha 2B for 4 weeks and then received subq injections of interferon 3 times per week for 48 weeks.  There were some hard days....high fevers, seizures, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue.  This seems like a lifetime ago.  Eva is now 11 and has been disease free now for 9 years.   We see the oncologist and dermatologist once a year and are vigilant about checking for lumps and bumps.

 

There was no family history of melanoma and it was not caused by the sun.  Dr. Hayes-Jordan said that Eva could have been in the sun everyday of her life up to that point and she would not have had enough sun exposure to cause melanoma.  They could not explain why Eva had melanoma.  All though Eva's was not caused by the sun, she is now predisposed. We always practice sun safety!

 

Sun, 2015-06-07

Comments

P545hdu - (4/19/2016 - 1:30pm)

Hello, my name is  Christine. I am so inspired by this story. I also had no family history of Melanoma, I am a red hair, fair skinned, blue eyed ginger though. I have never worshipped the sun or tanning beds. I work from home in my office 8 hours per day. If I planned on being out in the sun I would wear sun block, but just to sit on the porch or something I would not. I was just diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma 4/8/2016 from a spot on my left arm that looked like a wart. It never looked like anything Melanoma, it was pink. It was there for a couple of years and I decided to get it taken off, it started to crust. and ooze oils. I just wanted to see how your daughter is doing? I hope that I am not too forward in asking, I just see a lot of stories on hear but I never see the updates and I often wonder. Love, Light and Health...Christine BTW sorry about my profile pic, I couldn't find one that it didn't flip sideways on the page. lol