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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AnnaBanana30's picture
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Last reply 5/13/2012 - 9:03pm

The title says it all. I am having such a hard time lately with all of this.

My dad is stage IV and is not doing well at all. He did three rounds of Temodar in the fall and it was working pretty well and shrinking his tumors and then all of the sudden it stopped working. His doctor moved him onto Yervoy or IPI...I can't remember how to spell it but I think it's ipilimumab? He's done two rounds and is moving onto his third next week. He gets a scan tomorrow to see if it's working at all but with the way he's been feeling and acting I'm having a hard time hoping that it's working at all! He's in so much pain and can't hold anything down. He has a large tumor under his left arm and it's getting bigger every day. This all just breaks my heart.

I on the other hand had a mole removed in December that came back as melanoma in situ. Had another removed off my back in February that also came back as melanom in situ. Needless to say I am terrified. Has anyone had melanoma in situ? I just had a little boy this past August and I desperately want to be here to watch him grow up. I am so scared that what is happening to my dad will be me in a few years. I'm going to the dermatologist constantly and trying to stay on top of this as much as I can! My husband checks me over a couple of times a week and we are starting to take pictures. I just am so paranoid now about everything. I swear I feel like under my left arm (where my dad's big tumor is) is swollen and I freak out all the time and convince myself that I have a huge tumor just like my dad. Although I'm pretty sure this can't be the case as I only had stage 0.

Does anyone have any advice or any words of wisdom for me? I am so scared. I hate melanoma. I intend to spend the rest of my life spreading the word about this devestating disease.

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Last reply 4/4/2012 - 12:08pm
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I have a friend who is a breast cancer survivor.  She said it was very important not to cut through the tumor, or it can spread the cells.  is this the same with an early stage melanoma?  It seems it would spread it, wouldn't it?  Online I have read numerous times where melanoma has margins involved or the tumor was only partially biopsied.  I worry that someday they may say this does indeed spread the tumor. 

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I have a friend who is a breast cancer survivor.  She said it was very important not to cut through the tumor, or it can spread the cells.  is this the same with an early stage melanoma?  It seems it would spread it, wouldn't it?  Online I have read numerous times where melanoma has margins involved or the tumor was only partially biopsied.  I worry that someday they may say this does indeed spread the tumor. 

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Last reply 4/4/2012 - 9:52pm

We finished ippi march 26. Went in for a follow up from gamma knife. They treated 5 small lesions on brain they said scan in 6 weeks and it should show shrinkeage. They also wanted to look at the growths one under arn is size of a quarter. Thought that was it went home. Got a call today and they have consulted with our dr and they want to do radiation with gamma under arm. Said a new study shows radiation boost the tumors and makes them regress faster. I'm so confused at first they said 10 and know only 5. I'm so confused but lynn says we will just pray about it. Whatever God brings us to he will take us through. God bless each of you and thanks for listening.

What God leads u to he will. Lead you through

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Does anyone know someone that has had numerous dysplastic nevi and no melanoma?

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Does anyone know someone that has had numerous dysplastic nevi and no melanoma?

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jrjrjr's picture
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Last reply 4/3/2012 - 9:16pm
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Hello.

I have had numerous dysplastic nevi removed.

I am trying to determine if I have FAMM or dysplastic nevi syndrome.

Does anyone have FAMM or dysplastic nevi syndrome?
Can you share how you were recognized with the syndrome?
Did your dermatologist recognize it?  Did your oncologist?   Did your genetic counselor?
What is your understanding of the criteria for FAMM or dysplastic nevi syndrome?
At what age where you diagnosed?

Thank you.

jrjrjr

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Advocate for your own treatment.. Stage 4 Melanoma NED Surgery,Radiation, Temodar 300Mg July 2009-March 2010, then Thorocotomy...now "Phase I Study of Anti-PD-1 Human Monoclonal Antibody MDX-1106 and Vaccine Therapy"

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Terra's picture
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Last reply 4/3/2012 - 2:47pm
Replies by: LynnLuc, Erinmay22, Bubbles

We are considering going to Memorial Sloan Kettering for the Anti PD 1 trial but we are from Canada and are trying to get at least an approx cost for enrolling in a trial in the states.  I spoke with them and they are unwilling to tell us any info unless we go down for a consult.  Our Oncologist has already talked with Dr. Wolchok about us but before we commit (we are a youngish family with 3 kids under 5) we need to know the approx cost - Derek is not willing to go down and "waste" money on something they may not work so I trying to convince and need this info first.

 

Hope someone can help (he as a late responder to ipi and it worked for abotu 6 mos)

Thank-you

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triciad's picture
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Last reply 4/3/2012 - 6:00pm
Replies by: triciad, Janner, LynnLuc

Hi Everyone,

I have a question for our local experts.  If you have a tumor, let's say a sub-q, and someone takes a biopsy of it, which opens it up but does not take it out, does that let the melanoma spread in your system?

Thanks for your help!!!

Tricia

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Anonymous
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Last reply 4/3/2012 - 10:33am
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sorry....I can't find the long list of tips from searching the archives. Does somebody have it handy....a friends brother stated IL2 today.

Thanks!

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yoopergirl's picture
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Last reply 4/3/2012 - 1:23pm

This week I am only taking 5 mg in the morning, and then next week nothing. I am feeling more muscle aches then normal and wondering if this is a side effects of tapering down. We are planning on leaving for 2 weeks after Easter and vacation in the Ozarks and sure don't want any side effects while we are gone, will keep in touch with my Oncologist if I need to. Just wondering how others do on getting off the steriods.

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imablack's picture
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Last reply 4/2/2012 - 4:38pm

Today, I lost my brother to melanoma. He was diagnosed last February after spending four years in Iraq. He will be missed terribly but his death will help others. In a last unselfish act, he has donated his body to melanoma research. I miss you so much, Ricky. I love you.

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Last reply 6/16/2014 - 3:12am

OK folks, quick question.  Will Dave's previous history of optic neuropathy and need for high dose steroids on IL-2 exclude him from the anti-pd1 trials?  He goes to the Hillman Cancer Center on the 12th to see about the MK-3475 trial.  His oncologist (God Bless him), although pushing Dave to do the IPI,  is also calling Memorial Sloan directly for him to see about their IPI/MDX-1106 combo (or any anti-pd1s).  Hopefully we'll hear back from him soon.

I just don't want to wait two weeks for an appointment, only to find out he won't qualify anyways.

As always, thank you....

 

Maria

Don't ever, EVER, give up!

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Anyone had a fall in platelets with IPI?

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