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thinkingofu's picture
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Last reply 10/21/2017 - 5:24pm

Hello lovelies

Hope you are all well today

My mum has completed her 10 sessions of SRS and 2 infusions of Yervoy+Opdivo (out of 4)

She is still on Dexamethasone (10 mg) once a day

Hydrocortisol (also 10) x 2 day

Thyroxine (100 mg) 

Her face got bigger (like a bit swollen), but her legs and arms are much smaller than they used to be. After SRS - her hands shake to the point it is difficult to hold a spoon. She is craving sweets all the time

Also, yesterday, when she missed a dose of dexamethasone she long consciousness. She is OK now after taking it. 

From your experience, guys, does is sound like normal side effects? I am worried sick. Also, after which dose of Yervoy+Opdivo did you doctors ordered scans to check on progress?

Thank you xxx

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 10/21/2017 - 1:50pm
Replies by: SABKLYN


I'm wondering if some of you could answer my question. When they talk about assymetry in a mole does the assymetry ONLY regard shape or does it also include color. As an example if i have a mole that is nice and round but has a dark spot on one edge (wich makes it so that if i fold it down the middle one way it'll have two sides of wich one has a colored spot and the other one doesn't but in shape they are symetrical) is considered assymtrical or only considered to have a variation in color?

Thank you for your answers.

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Dreaf01's picture
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Last reply 10/20/2017 - 8:07pm

I just wanted to seek some advice from warriors on this board because I am kind of stuck and feel like I have no where to get advice from. Back in Dec. of 2016 I had a WLE and groin SLNB for Melanoma stage 1b 1.5mm not ulcerated, 4 mitosis, clark level IV. The margins came back clear and the SLNB was negative. Since the surgery I have had a small lump right near the SLNB scar. I have had 2 ultrasounds on the lump and both came back stating the lump is a normal appearing lymph node. How accurate is ultrasound? My surgeon stopped seeing me since I moved out of the area and I am now following up solely with the Dermatologist. I do have "pulled muscle" type pain in my groin area since this surgery, is this normal? I have to admit being a single mom to a 1 year old during this has caused me a lot of anxiety, but I feel like I cannot get anyone to take my concerns seriously. I have headaches and backaches and I feel like my concerns do not seem to be concerns of the PCP. I know with my stage I would not usually be referred to an Oncologist so I am wondering who I should discuss my concerns with. Thank you for any advise you can give !

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Jeff_in_FL's picture
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Last reply 10/20/2017 - 8:04pm

Hi all,

Thought I would run this past you ...

May 8, 2017 I had an excision on my right calf ...Nodular variety. The VA surgeon did a pretty good job (flap method). Up until recently, I haven’t had any issues with it, but now there is a small pea size bump under the skin. Probably nothing at all, but I thought I would get some opinions while waiting for my VA appointment in early December. Wondering if this is a real common thing.

Thanks :)


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Gene_S's picture
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Last reply 10/20/2017 - 2:43pm
Replies by: Bubbles, Threefitty

Live 4 today. Thank God for all he has done for us. Looking forward to enjoying tomorrow.

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Anonymous's picture
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Is this mole classified as assymetrical or not and does it look alarming?

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betsyl's picture
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Last reply 10/20/2017 - 3:02am
Replies by: Jubes

Found this new video posted just a few days ago.

Good stuff.

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Replies by: FeelingLonely, MovingOn

I have been on this forum and some of oyu might remember my story. My mom was diagnosed with stage 1B melanona in Februrary and was a wide excision biopsy/surgery to remove it. She had it on her right cheek close to the eye. Miotic -1 Mm. Breslow - 1mm. Clarks II. No ulceration. PT1 b. They did no do a sentinel node biopsy but according to wide excision biopsy, no lymph node impacts. They did neck, stomach scans but we arent informed of anything concerning.

It's about 6-7 months since the srugery. Her first follow-up after 3 months was routine. No medications, just asked to keep up the follow ups. Next one due in January,

However she just noticed a hard mass/lump kind of a thing below her right breast. It looks like a fat/flesh ring (like cellulite tire) from the outside but upon feeling, it feels hard - almost like a projection of a bone or a bone growth ..kind of. It is not painful. No discomfort. Sh e doesnt know how long she has had it. She just noticed now.

I have scheduled an appointment with my GP for next week. Sadly, she is now overseas and won't be able to see her regular doctors until mid Janurary 2018. I am trying to get her an appointment with a GP in the country she is currently at. Its all very expensive without insurance but oh well.

My questions are

- Has this happened to any of you? Does this look like metastaic (but she was only stage 1) cancer? or could this be second cancer?

- Does this sound like breast cancer from the way of it? I thought breast cancers always appear on breasts and not below.

Thanks a lot for listening. I would appreciate any thoughts, advice or pearls of wisdom.

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 10/19/2017 - 10:18am
Replies by: Anonymous, Janner

i've had this mole for a long time. It is smaller than 6mm in diameter and the only thing "off" about it is the variation in color. It is not raised what so ever. Should i be concerned and consult a derm?

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Found this new video posted just a few days ago.

Good stuff.

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SDFun's picture
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Last reply 10/18/2017 - 10:35am



I just got a voice my from teh billign depatment at the hospital my onoclogist is at that implies that insucne will not cover this testing and it may be $5000. I was wonderign what other people have learned? Did you have the testing and if so did your insuance cover all or a portion of it


Thank you



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Last reply 10/18/2017 - 9:19am
Replies by: Anonymous, Bekah274, MelanomaMike, brendon


sorry to be a bother, may be a case of google has freaked me out. I have a mole on my chest, I’m a 27 year old female.  I’ve had it for as long as I can remember, in the past 2 years it’s started to develop black spots. I went to my doctor who looked at it and said the black spots were due to fake tan.  

However, I hardly put it on and it scrubs off... recently more black spots have appeared, it’s raised and not symmetrical, although it wans’t Symetrical 2 years ago and was only slightly raised.

is this something anyone has heard about before, I’m worried I go back and seem as though I’m panicking... sorry for the trouble.

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zont's picture
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Last reply 10/17/2017 - 11:12am

Hi All,
I am little confused and I need any ideas from you:
Since 2016 Nov I have gotten treatment with Opdivo (before I took mekinist + tafinlar 2014 - 2016)
But in 2017 Sept PET CT showed new MTS in liver and pleura.
My doctor advices me to add Yervoy (3mg per 1 kg) and decrease Opdivo from 3mg/1 kg to 1mg/1 kg

Did anybody the same therapy, I mean adding Yervoy after regression on Opdivo, or probably another options?
Thanks in advance! 

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Happygal's picture
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Last reply 10/17/2017 - 9:10am

I am to decide to start Yervioy within the week.  I am scared if the side effects outweigh the benefits.  I live a crazy full life and am so very afraid of this treatment.  Have you done it?  Did it affect your daily life?


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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 10/17/2017 - 8:42am

Just a question.  I was diagonosed with melanoma in situ in August and had surgery in september.  The initial bioposy had removed all melanoma.  I am switching health insurance companies.  On questionare it asks if you have cancer and treatment.  Do I mark yes or no?  I see a lot of different opinions regarding melanoma  in situ being cancer or not.  thanks.

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