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Hello everyone,

I am a dark skinned person, Indian. I thought Melanoma only affects people with lighter skin.
But I recently educated myself that it is not the case.

I was concerned about a mole or a red patch that was under the foot, sole of my foot. I vaguely remember seeing it a long time ago as a single red spot, it didn't pain or anything so I left it.

Recently after I got to know about Melanoma and its ABCDE, I looked at this patch which seemed to fit well with Melanoma diagnosis. I once showed this to a doctor, at that time he said it is probably a broken blood vessel it doesn't look like a mole, just ignore it but keep an eye on it.

This is making me paranoid that it has irregular edges, but it is completely flat. It is not raised and it is over 6mm. 

I am posting the pictures and links here, if anyone can give an insight it would be nice. 


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Last reply 2/18/2013 - 10:22am
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Lost my mom char on jan 31 her battle began in 1982, recurrences in 2001,2005,2009 , 2011, and 2012 to the brain , she was a fighter til the bitter end , so proud to have called her my mom , loved her so much .

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Last reply 2/21/2013 - 4:18pm
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February 16, 2013 by Jonathan Landsman  
Filed under Natural Cures, Natural Healing

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Last reply 2/25/2013 - 11:21pm


I am looking for input.
This is my situation.  I was diagnosed with a T2 melanoma with a negative Sentinel lymph node in 2006.
No issues till just before Christmas 2012 when I found inguinal lymph node.
Pet scan was positive for a hyper metabolic inguinal load otherwise negative. MRI was negative. I had a inguinal lymph node section, the original note that I felt was positive in but all the other nodes, 14, when negative
I am otherwise in good health, do not feel sick, and 69 years old, working full-time, so what do I do?
The adverse events with interventions sound really bad. Is waiting for the next recurrence and then intervening reasonable?
Getting a genetic marker for my melanoma is certainly a painless step.

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Last reply 2/17/2013 - 10:42pm
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Thanks to everyone who responded last week when my mother was in the hospital for dehydration and uncontrollable diarrhea.  They didn't use the Rimicade (sp.) but seemed to get it stopped with steroids.  Then she didn't go for 4 days and they gave her Go Lytley - sent her home this past Tuesday and now she's back in the hospital with a blood infection, renal failure and checking for cellulitis.  Her legs swelled up so much they were draining thru holes in her leg.  She doesn't feel really sick, but is weak.  I don't know if all of this came from the Yervoy treatment or not.  She's pretty much decided not to have another treatment, which the doctor did want to give her.  She'll be 87 this Thursday.

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good pet scan and brain mri yesterday.

only one small spot at suv 3 left. stable from 3 months ago.

zel goes on at half dose, prednisone stopped.

4 years down the road since stage iv diagnosis. Never thought i'd make it that long when it started....

Also never thought my straight scandinavian hair would turn into a beige-greyish version of the haircut of Michael Jackson young.


Beatrice stage IV

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Last reply 2/17/2013 - 12:00pm

3 months clear...not a long time i know,  but we all start somewhere, right?

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Last reply 2/25/2013 - 7:09pm
Replies by: Anonymous, thrashter, MaryD, betsy, kylez, Becky

My husband was diagnosed stage 3c nearly 4 years ago. After a year of interferon treatment, he is nearly 4 years NED. We attribute this largely to finding the right doctors immediately, and an aggressive melanoma surgeon.
We are now faced with the possibility of changing to kaiser insurance. I know we have to use kaiser doctors only, if that happens. Is anyone here a kaiser patient in california? We're near San Francisco.

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Last reply 3/1/2013 - 11:06pm


I'm not sure I need to give my history, but I will, briefly, just for s*it and giggles. I've been on this board, on and off, since 2003

I was diagnosed with my 1st melanoma 30 yrs ago this month, a shallow spreading surface melanoma. Followed by another and an in situ the same year, 1983.

In the early 2000's I develeoped a hard lump at the site of my previous in situ scar, which raised the scar itself up, and for a year and a half my derm told me it was a keiloid. But eventually I insisted he remove it, and I was diagnosed with stage IIIB melanoma, There were some satelitte lesions, in transit, but no lymph node basin involvement, so no LND.

I did interferon for 10 months, forced off by side effects involving my lungs.

I was NED  then from that point to late 2008, when I developed a couple of subcutaneous tumors in my left leg. The first was removed, the second, removed with tissue collection and sent to HOAG in california, where I entered a vaccine trial (MACVAC) I finished that in late 2010, but had a small tumor growing in my lung already..which did not light up the PET scan until my November 2012 PET (we traced it back on the scans and had been monitoring it all along, but it was not PET reactive)

Because of my history of single nodules and slow progression, we opted for SBRT, high dose radiation therapy, to remove that small tumor, and I did that in December. If you are interested in that, I'm sure the description of my radiation experience is still on the board and searchable through my name.

That's about the most concise history I've ever given, and it brings us up to date.

I had PET/CT a week ago and got my results on tuesday. That radiation seem to have worked on that one spot, but another has arisen in my right lung, and an equivocable one on my left lung.

I'm still feeling fine but have decided I need systemic treatment. I've been doing a lot of much as I could get done between my tuesday appt with the radiation oncologist, and my thursday appt with my medical oncologist. I've been looking at trials in my own region, and also talking to some people about IL 2.

My plan was to, first, see what my own oncologist had to offer and discuss. Since we are not at a big melanoma center, and he has no trials in the game, I always feel like he has my best interest at heart, and his past actions have shown me that too. So I always like to hear what he has to say before I start throwing stuff out there. But, because we aren't really at a Melanoma center, my other plan was to see a specialist for a consult before I finish the whole decision making process. Just in case there are better ideas about treatment than My doctor and I can come up with here in spokane.

So I saw him yesterday and the first thing he did was ask me to confirm his thoughts that I had never had IL 2. I was kind of surprised, since I was kind of leaning toward IL 2 myself. He thinks it should be my first line of defense instead of my  last. He gave me good reasons. His chief reason is close to mine, that there's a chance, however slim, of durable remission. Also, though a tough treatment, it would be done soon, could be done here in town, leave me open for other treatments, even perhaps boost the efficiency of future treatments. Now long term side effects.

Anyway..before we got that far into the discussion, he told me that he wanted me to go to SCCA for a consultation at the melanoma clinic, but he thinks they will agree that I should try IL 2 first (!) But we are both open to the possibility that there might be something better that they might suggest.

Frankly, having done trials far from my own town, I know that it's not something I'm dying to do...though I could. I rather not bring huge debt on my family either.

I'm not making any decisions till I get all my info in, but I know there are plenty of folks on this board who have done IL 2...Yesterday I spoke to someone who had not even heard IL 2 mentioned by her doctor. So maybe it's a time we had an IL 2 discussion on this board.

I'm thinking now might be the TIME for me to do IL2


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Last reply 2/25/2013 - 5:09pm
Replies by: JerryfromFauq, Anonymous, shep, NYKaren, POW

my daughter's 4 lymph nodes found to be sentinals two each under her arms were returned negative!!! her WLE from primary and 4 other dysplastic nevi all returned benign also. she was diagnosed melanoma positive on 1/22, had her SLNB and WLE surgeries on feb 7 and drove with us 5 1/2 hours south the next morning to help coach her sister thru her first child's birth... very proud of her. we were so worried because the radioctive isotopes only took 15 minutes to reach the sentinals. results came back on tues 2/12 and i burst into tears at the news. we are so thankful and am wishing well to all in this forum who have helped me get a handle on this disease. now she realizes how important it is to keep up on her nevi conditions.                                


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Last reply 2/17/2013 - 7:10am
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This week my husband had his 8 week scan and it shows good results. 2 of 4 mets have even shrunk by 50%, the other 2 are also smaller, nothing new, brain is clear. After the devestating news that IPI killed any mets except these 4 we are thankful that Zelboraf works, though more cautious, just hope that we will have a long-term response. The side effects were really bad in the beginning, that's why he had a Z holiday and after that reduced the dosage to 3-0-3. Now the side effects are manageable, a little itchy skin, little rash, little joint paint and he is taking something to bring the uric acid to a normal level. Doctors stick to the dosage, so we are prepared for the next 8 weeks, plan a little holiday (late honeymoon) and enjoy life.

My thaughts are with all of you, especially with the caregivers who sometimes seem to suffer even more!


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Last reply 2/19/2013 - 10:21am

Hello all.

Aftger countless hour and countless tears, insurance still refuses to pay for Zelboraf for my husband, soley because he is BRAF V600R instead of BRAF V600E. I now have to let this go, at least for a little while, to concentrate on fighting his disease and not the insurance company. I would however love to know how many of you out there are NOT BRAF V600E and still got the Zelboraf? Are other insurance companies paying?

Back to Dana Farber tomorrow (Friday 2/15) to start Yervoy/IPI. Side effeccts are scary. Prayers that Don responds to Ipi are more than welcome!

What else should we be thinking about in terms of treatments? We have put our trust in Dr. Ibrahim at Dana Farber, but I need to know about alternatives to ask her about.

Thank you all for your knowledge, help, support, and love.


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Last reply 2/14/2013 - 9:20pm
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I am logged in, was working yesterday, and today all I get is a blank pop up with user as couple and I can't click on any buttons to fix it.....  I logged out then relogged in, made sure my pop up blocker was disabled.  HOW VERY FRUSTRATING!!!

Waving at Carole K & Libby......  Wish I could join you.

Cancer Sucks Shit Happens Nothing is ever 100% bad, there is a reason and silver lining in everything. Sometimes I need a good light and my glasses to find it though. You can't fix stupid.

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Last reply 2/17/2013 - 9:54pm
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Does anyone know anything about either of these?

Temador and z?

abarxene breast cancer drug that seems to help with mel in body and brain?

What God leads u to he will. Lead you through

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Last reply 2/14/2013 - 6:56pm
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As I said on my prior post the decision was made to go with interferion, interlukin and three others with Dr Gailani at Kaiser riverside.  Two additional test were ordered prior to being admitted next week for her first stay/treatment.   Pulminary and stress test for the heart.  I know we asked why these two test but neither my wife or I can remember and I did take notes.  And finally as a care giver what can I expect or should I be prepared for when we return home?  I know someone has an answer.  Once again we want to thank for all of you help. 

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