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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I'm on vacation and got the chills and then noticed the largest seroma on my leg was red. I went to the ER and they did an ultrasound and said there's fluid in there, and the doctor thinks I have cellulitis. Gave me IV antibiotics and then a prescription for pills. I wore the compression pants on the plane and everything seemed to be ok until last night. I have a call into my surgeon. I wonder how I could get an infection when the skin isn't open?

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Last reply 2/19/2017 - 8:02pm
Replies by: jennunicorn, Aloha14

I just wondered if anyone knew of the typical course of spread via lymph nodes in groin. I've been told that typically there is spread to groin nodes (surface nodes) and it then travels to 'deeper' pelvic nodes. Is this the case? Anyone have spread to pelvic nodes with only very small amount to one groin one and/or spread to pelvic without any spread to groin? 

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I observed a mole on the sole of my foot a few months back. Something kept bothering about the location (I  have WebMD to thank). Then I noticed a discolorization on my big toe. I had injured my big toe from walking. Either way, my thoughts kept circling back to the bottom of my foot. My big toe finaly gave me bravery to go to the dermatologist.

Things went so quickly....

I got to the dermontologist office, she came in. She wasn't too concerned about my big toe. She zoned in on my foot. She noticed there wasn't just one mole but two on the bottom of my feet. A faint one but it was still there. Before I knew it, she was talking about a shaved biopsy. After it was done, she said the results would be in in 7 days. Holy! pain on the foot. Anyone else experience such a great discomfort? is it the location or is this normal?

I wanted to reach out to you all to see what you've done to curve the anxiety feeling? I've been stuck in bed because the location of the biopsy, and I have this undeniable amount of anxiety. I've attached some picture


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Last reply 2/19/2017 - 3:13pm
Replies by: Janner

Hello all, just curious if anyone owns a dermoscope? Would you think it helps during exams? I have been told by my specialist, that I have a lot of "funny looking moles". Ughhh. He insists that my husband help me with my monthly skin checks-which he does-however, I don't think he gets the importance. I'm thinking of purchasing my own dermoscope. 

If you own one, any specific brand that's recommended? I understand they can be pricey but if it helps calm my nerves it's worth it in my opinion. Also, I have seen them as an attachment to an iPhone. ???

thank you for your input:)

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Last reply 2/19/2017 - 2:40pm
Replies by: J.bun, MichelleRHG

Hi All,

When my mel went to my liver, lungs, brain I was told it spread by blood not lymph nodes, but in the 2 years of checks before been told it had spread I did have a wied  feeling in my groin area . I did see my GP at the time but said my nodes was up but felt it was nothing to do with the cancer due to not long after surgery to remove mole. I did not get other test after surgery only check moles and nodes on visits. I have always woundered if it could have been in my groin lymph nodes before spreading but I will never know now. 

My question is my mole was on my bottom back near hip on the right side latley I have been having the feeling I had in my nodes years before spreading. Has anyone had groin lymph node involment and if so do you get lumps or just looks swallow. I just feel a aching sensation in this area. Will have it checked going to call nurse tomorrow but just wanted anyone's experience in groin with lymph nodes with cancer in that area.

scooby X

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Last reply 2/19/2017 - 1:59pm

Wondering if anyone else has had their blood tests show anemia but when tested for iron deficiency found you're not iron deficient?

I dealt with iron deficiency my whole childhood, had to take the grossest medicine for many years. So, when my onc said anemia, I assumed I was back to being iron deficient. But, tests show I am all good with iron. My onc said she will test for other things next time I am there, in 2 weeks. Just wondering if this is caused by the treatment and if anyone else has experienced something similar?


Jenn -  IIIC - currently doing Ipi/Nivo (Yervoy/Opdivo) 

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Last reply 2/18/2017 - 9:39pm
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I have completed 3 rounds of the IPi/Nivo combo and it resulted in hypophysitits.  I have been on high doses of prednisone for the past 2 weeks.  Started at 80mg per day and ween down 10mg every 5 days.  I have become agitated, irritable and I don't feel myself.  My body aches, my jaw feels tight and I have an overall exhausted/tired feeling.  It doesn't go away even after a full nights sleep.  Not sure how much longer I can tolerate it.  

Has anyone else experienced this with high dose prednisione?


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From  The book written in 2015 is available free to all patients and caregivers.  Please send an email to:   Limited quantity available.  We also would appreciate any donations to cover labor and postage.  It is the number one book on on melanoma.

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Last reply 2/19/2017 - 2:08pm

I’ve been eager for my first post in this community, and felt like I needed to find the “right” way for myself.  Since my initial IB diagnosis in April 2015, I’ve been an avid reader/lurker on this board.  Like so many of the “early stagers,” I felt shocked – then relief it was only 1B – and concern for the future recurrence.  Unfortunately, these fears were recognized when I noticed a lump in my groin at the site of my sentinel node biopsy this past Thanksgiving.  Within one week I had an excision and PET CT scan - 2 nodes and skin involved.  I go to the Inova Melanoma specialty clinic in Northern Virginia - right outside DC.

Now, less than 100 days since this diagnosis, I have been on 3 treatments (6 total drugs - Ipi/Nivo; Zelboraf/Cotellic; Tafinlar/Mekinist); prednisone; and encountered an 8-night hospital stay (severe allergic reaction to Zelboraf - known as DRESS- extremely rare and potentially fatal).  Most importantly, my PET CT scan this week is showing that the drugs are working! 

I am writing all this to thank all you contributors/active posters - and hope to share my experiences and support each other too.  I wouldn't have been able to understand everything I went through and the questions to ask had it not  been for this board.   

I am a 33 years old, I am not writing this to raise fears - but I believe information can be empowering, and facing reality is far more important than to "keep your head in the sand."  We all want the same thing, and share the same goals.

- J.

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Last reply 2/18/2017 - 7:51am
Replies by: Ed Williams, Bubbles

Was offered a trial involving TVEC combined with an immunotherapy.  I don't know much about TVEC.  And that side of the trial is blinded, so not sure it's worth it anyway.  I can also do the immunotherapy drug without TVEC, so it's not an all-in type situation.  Has anyone had early success with it?  Or anything similar?  I'm really not sure what to do.


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Replies by: Fen, 45_dps, Anonymous

8 days since complete lymph node dissection of the left side of my neck.

Normal scar and muscle tightness (and no sensation in my left ear, cheek, neck, and shoulder).

My speech is having a strong lisp.

It is very difficult to move food around in my mouth (mostly moving food from left to right is the challenge, and if it gets stuck at the top of my mouth then I can only get it with my finger). 

When I try to smile, and/or lift the sides of my mouth up, only my right side goes up (left side stays horizontal)

Has anyone experienced these? Could you let me know how you overcame them?

Any recommendations regarding medications, vitamins, or herbal medicines which can help nerves to heal?

My surgeon is getting me help from a speech therapist, so I've got that going on. But I'm definitely interested in the experience of others in this regard.

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Last reply 2/17/2017 - 3:17pm
Replies by: AvaL, jennunicorn

Hi, I know my hubby prob needs to get this looked at but I just wondered if others had had an itchy scar some months after the WLE. Hubby stage 3a and had WLE in November. He's not felt much around the area apart from yesterday when it became  itchy suddenly. I can't see anything at though around it, no colouration, no new bump etc. Anyone else had similar? God I hate this! X


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Last reply 2/16/2017 - 8:49pm
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Last reply 2/18/2017 - 9:26am

Just want to know why scans are not recommended for stage 1b/2A. My anxiety is getting the best of me and am wondering if I should be requesting them. I had stage 1b melanoma removed from my right upper thigh. Negative margins and negative nodes.

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Last reply 2/17/2017 - 6:18pm
Replies by: SOLE, debwray, Janner

All of my lymph nodes which tested positive are in the same "field / mat" under my arm (primary was on my chest).

Does the term metastatic come from the fact I may have micro-metastize particles which can travel throughout my blood and lymph system?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between stage 3 and 4, but it seems like the difference is in where the melanoma is found and not necessarily a difference in prognosis.

I can see the difference between stage 2 and 3 being prognostically significant because at stage 2 the melanoma has only been "found" in the skin. However, just because it hasn't been found in other places doesn't mean the micro particles haven't started spreading to anywhere else.

ok, I started out with a question and ended up scaring myself.

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