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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Kim_H's picture
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Last reply 7/3/2013 - 11:45am

Hello! I've been on Zelboraf for almost 7 months now and the side effects are still happening just as bad as they were when I first started taking the drug! Does anyone know if they'll Ever subside or stop all together?? Thanks for any insight that can be given.

I have cancer, cancer Does Not have ME!

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DeniseK's picture
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Last reply 6/27/2013 - 9:23am
Replies by: Tina D, kylez, Brendan, POW, DeniseK

It's me again.......I have a couple questions.  First off has anyone done Z with Ipi?  Right now I"m on full dose Z, there were worries that it stopped working but I've been on full dose now for just over a week and I can feel the sub q on my arm going back down.  I'm also feeling the other side effects, the bottom of my feet are killing me, slight nausea, but not as bad as before, and fatigue.  All of the side effects are just fine with me if it's working again.  I'd rather not talk about hospice right now.  Which really flares me up when I think about it.  My doctor seriously upset me, I'm considering about getting a new Onc, it's a difficult decision because he's been there since day 1. 

Anyway.....I'll be reducing Z back down to 1/2 dose the day I start Ipi.  Just wondering if anyone has done this combo and what to expect.

On another note I was out staining some deck wood yesterday for about 10-15 minutes.  The weather was total over cast, slight sprinkles of rain and I got sunburned!!  We need a protective bubble on Z.  Any help/advice on treating the burn would help too,  I'm coated in Aloe Vera but doesn't seem to help

Thank You


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Last reply 6/26/2013 - 4:57pm
Replies by: Jim M., flvermonter, POW


We had our appointment at Moffitt, but didn't take out my husbands drain.  Still running around 100ccs and needs to be a a rate of 30 ccs in 24hrs.  However, got the report from Dr Zager, and confirmation that the two upcoming appointments (one with Onc for the lung and one with Onc for melanoma) is the game plan.  They will do another PET scan in 3 months to see if any other spots show up, but nothing about other treatments.  My husband's right hand and arm are very swollen and I thought that area along with his right leg and foot are from the same surgery.  Dr Z said no, the arm and hand swelling is from the surgery removing the lymphnodes, but the leg and foot are something else.  So appointment tomorrow am with his Med Dr.  Also an appointment for the lymphedema to be a glove or arm cover to help with the swelling.


He is the path report from the surgery.   Subscapularis nodule, greater than 50% of the tumor is necrotic.  Lymph node level 1 and 2 right axillary contents with metastic melanoma in 3 of the 13 nodes.   Subscapularis node no. 2 had 4 of 4 nodes with metastic melanoma.  Soft tissue Latissimus tissue, no evidence of malignancy.  Axillary vein nodule, melanoma in 1 of 1.  Additiona latissimus tissue 1 of 1 metastatic.  Level 3 right axilla, 9 of 10 metastatic melanoma.

all of that sounds terrible.  Help me understand this and the treatment.  Will radiation to the melanoma area kill any cancer surrounding the surgical site?  I believe and will know after meeting with lung onc, they are comfortable they can manage reradicate the lung cancer. Any one had any radiation instead of infusion for melanoma?  How did it work?  My husband has been blessed with no metastica to the brain to date.


Thanks for your help and please know that it is appreciated.  PS I asked about clear margins and Dr Z said he took everything he could.  What does that mean, that no clear margins?


Thanks, Mary

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randallgford's picture
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Last reply 6/25/2013 - 3:10pm

What is the thinking of the difference between these drugs? If someone

started failing on Zelboraf, would dabranefib be tried? I know its newly

approved, just wondered if it is considered much different from Z. Thanks, Vicki

wife of Randall, successfully on Zelboraf for 9 weeks.

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Gette's picture
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Last reply 6/27/2013 - 9:25am
Replies by: Tina D

wow, this site cured me of insanity back in 2001. So happy to see it still going strong.

WLE & SNB in 2001.  Looking at a subdermal nasty black mole that is making me nervous.  OF COURSE I will be getting it removed within days & biopsied but a question for those who can offer some help: I was told that subdermal moles are usually not this typical? 

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Tennisgrl's picture
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Last reply 6/24/2013 - 4:52pm
Replies by: POW

Does none have available treatment after metastasis of brain is found?

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Does none have available treatment after metastasis of brain is found?

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kim007's picture
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Last reply 9/21/2014 - 12:35am
Replies by: pipes, Brendan

My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma 2 years ago.  He has tried several treatments such as IL-2, Anti-PD1, and Zelboraf. Now he has been on Yervoy for 6 months and is responding positively. We are so relieved to have had this positive break through.  We are considering expanding our family (we already have one daughter so we know it will be a lot of work) . The doctors indicated that because Yerovy is an immunotherapy, and the Zelboraf should be out of his system, his sperm and fertility should be okay to move forward. Of course, we are still nervous since these are new drugs and there hasn't been long-term research done on the side effects. Does anyone have any experience with this? What were your results?

I appreciate your feedback on your personal experiences.


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Greg - Kyles dad's picture
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Last reply 6/27/2013 - 9:30am

I have not been on this board in some time - but always think of the daily struggles people go through with this beast.  Thought I would post something to give some hope.  Proud of my son working through his challenges.

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HelenK1's picture
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Last reply 6/24/2013 - 2:44pm
Replies by: DeniseK, Johnfdc7, fairlinda

Both these drugs, Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib), are used in clinical trials, and each has received FDA approval to be used separately, and not in combination.  Would anyone know if either one or both can be used during whole brain radiation treatments?

Is Yervoy the only drug that one can take for systemic treatment while undergoing radiation?

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Last reply 6/24/2013 - 1:27pm
Replies by: DonW

Just wondering poster's thoughts on this subject. Are brisk/non-brisk lymphocytes predictive of relapse/recurrence/metastasis?

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Just wondering poster's thoughts on this subject. Are brisk/non-brisk lymphocytes predictive of relapse/recurrence/metastasis?

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Replies by: Tina D, LindaR, Anonymous, Linny, DeniseK

Just this week I was diagnosed with amelanotic melanoma. All I know right now is that my tumor is 1.15 with no clean margins and a level 4. I am expecting to have surgery this week. As I try to wrap my mind around all of this, the information online is overwhelming. I just found this site and already it is helpful. The tumor is on my face near my ear. The plastic surgeon has told me part of my ear will need to be removed. This is so hard. Can anyone help me understand if amelanotic melanoma is more aggressive than other types? Has anyone had surgery on their face? Of course, I am afraid of how my face will look after surgery but mostly afraid of what the SLB will show. This is the first time I have ever posted on any site and it feel strange.


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Last reply 6/23/2013 - 8:25am
Replies by: Linny
I'm me, not a statistic. Praying to not be one for years yet.

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Ali's picture
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Last reply 6/27/2013 - 9:45am

I regret not being active on the board for a while.  Good to see you guys still fighting hard.

One year ago today they found 25 tumors in my brain.  Lots more around the body.  I had just finished IL-2.  We did IPI and Temodar.  I only got one dose of IPI, due to colitis.  It cleared my brain by the 12 week scans.

My brain is still clean.  We found a few new, very small tumors this spring.  A couple near my adrenal gland continued to grow (even after we radiated them this January).  They started hurting.  Pain pills kind of hurting.  We found a PD-1 trial I qualified for (Moffitt just started one for those of us with dose-limiting, stage 3 toxicities from IPI).  Within days of my first dose I was off my pain pills and could feel a difference in my axilla tumors.

I had my third dose this week.  I feel great.  I feel so very lucky to still be be here and still be fighting this disease.  I am so grateful for the chance to try antiPD-1.  My prayer from the beginning was that I would be able to try everything.  To not let my kids wonder if something else would have worked.  It is always humbling to have a prayer answered.

I hope and pray for the best outcomes for my fellow warriors.  This has been a great year for melanoma research, let's see that translate into a good year for us with the disease as well!!  Keep up the good fight!


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