Subungal melanoma

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Mamapegela
11/25/2017 4:16pm
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Hi folks-

Quick background- I was diagnosed with Stage 1 back in Nov. 2015 which progressed to stage 4 fall 2016.  My original lesion was on my neck and I had mets to lungs.  I did ipi/nivo for 1 treatment then nivo 5 more treatments and had full resolution of all lung mets.   I did such a short course because of side effects ( thyroiditis, colitis, uveitis) .

I am now on surveillance with scans/ Dr. appointment every 3 months.  So, during the summer I noticed a purple/ brown spot under one of my toenails.  I honestly didn't think much of it.  I also have my toenails painted almost continuously so I haven't looked at them much.  I took the polish off yesterday and still have the same dark area under my nail. 

I go for scans and Dr. appointment  in 2 weeks so I can ask about it soon, but is there really a chance of getting a mel under my nail after being diagnosed with another form?

Thanks for any input.

 Peggy

jennunicorn - (11/25/2017 - 7:31pm)

Really very unlikely, not common to get two different forms of melanoma. Bruises under the nail take forever to go away! That is actually how my mel got diagnosed, I had a bruise under my toe nail that I noticed after taking off nail polish (even though I had not injured it at all and had no clue how it got there) so I went to see my doc after it would not go away, she had the derm take a look and he said, yep that's a bruise and it can take 6 months or more to grow out. (He then saw the ugly mole on my leg and had that biopsied..). And he was right, it took that dang bruise more than 6 months to go away. So, I would bet it's a bruise. But of course it's good to bring it up at your appointment and get professional eyes on it.

Best,

Jenn - stage IV NED - Completed Ipi/Nivo (Yervoy/Opdivo) + surgery

Mamapegela - (11/25/2017 - 10:14pm)

Thanks Jenn, that is what I figured.  I was just feeling a little anxious about it and knew this was a good place to reach out.  I also have an enlarged lymph node on my neck but I know that is also most likely not cause for concern.  

I sometimes feel vulnerable since my treatment course was so short compared with many others but I need to remember not to invent problems! 

Thanks again, Peggy