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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bikerwife's picture
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Last reply 2/3/2013 - 10:17pm

Lynn will be having his third gamma knife Monday. I have anxiety im scared. Please pray for us.

Im not going alone this time both our kids and my daughter in law are going. This scars me also they have never seen this head peice. Lynn sister is going so she can help us.

i know im not alone I have my MPIP family that share the same feelings and emotions.

Love and Hugs to you all. 


What God leads u to he will. Lead you through

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You all know how devastated we feel right now. My beautiful, loving 63-year old husband has Stage IV Melanoma with a tumor in his brain, several in pelvic area, one on adrenal gland, several along spine, and some small lung nodules. My God, how could this be? He's always been so strong and so healthy!

We've been to Dana Farber and met with a melanoma specialist. But is she the best? Does she know everything that will help my husband? Should I go somewhere else for another opinion? Anyone know anything about the Sylvester cancer center affiliated with University of Miami for melanoma treatments?

Radiation started Friday to pelvic area (he's in a lot of pain). Cyberknife will be performed on brain lesion maybe this coming week. Dana Farber neuro-oncologists agreed with this approach. Dana Farber melanoma doctor is suggesting Yervoy  in a week (if he has the right "markers?")??

What else do we need to know? So much to learn, so much to think about. All I know if that I want more years with this wonderful man! Please help!



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mars27's picture
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Last reply 2/3/2013 - 11:41am
Replies by: gep, POW

Hi there. Anyone out there on this trial or heard anything about it?

Thank you!

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 2/3/2013 - 10:30am
Replies by: Janner, Anonymous, becky15, POW

I was diagnosed several months ago at stage 1. The primary was on my upper right shoulder blade and only .25mm. I had a wide incision done and nothing else. About two weeks ago I woke up with an ear infection. I went to the doctor and they put me on antibiotics. I finished those early last week but the lymph node right in front if my ear lobe is still swollen. Should I just see my regular doctor or should I call my oncologist? It has now been swollen for almost two weeks.

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Last reply 2/3/2013 - 9:25am


I haven’t been checking in lately but I thought I would post an update on my current status.  I have now completed 35 months on Zelboraf, PET scans still showing no activity and my doctor is convinced what shows up on the CT scan is just scar tissue.  I no longer stress as much when I go for new scans (except for fighting the morning traffic getting into New York City).

I continue to have some problems with my bilirubin though.  I’m reduced to 720mg twice a day and I’ll have my fingers crossed for good blood work at next check-up; it was up a little last time and I hope it was due to some over the counter cold medicine I was taking.

March 3rd will be three years on Zelboraf!


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I had another PET scan done on January 25, 2013 and a spot on my left rib cage 3 rib down from top lit up on the scan.  It was not there on the previous scan from April 2012.  They asked if I had some kind of rib injury since last April and I have not at all.  The doctor said it could be a bone fracture and he wants to do check xrays.  He said if it is a fracture it will show up on the xray, but if it is something else he is talking about a bone biopsy.  I am scared to death. I know I did not hurt my ribs by any accident or injury so I know that is not what it is. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  I have not visited in a while as things have been going pretty good.  I had my 1 year anniversary from being off interferon September 2012 but I also know that is not a cure. I am just so very scarred....

Don't sweat the small stuff. There are bigger fish to fry!

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deardad's picture
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Last reply 2/2/2013 - 4:53pm

So that was a downer again! The Temador for two months has done nothing. The WBR also has done nothing. One lesion is causing weakness in his foot and they're not offering anything other than cortisone for it. What's been offered? Well Carbo/Taxol or Fortismusine, both he did not recommend and personally would not take vs quality of life. So we don't know if there are any new lesions but I'm going to get the MRI disk to see whether gamma knife is an option, he said it wasn't. He also said that we need to get palliative care involved for down the track.

What do we do now, just sit and wait for the bomb to go off? The onc said we can go out fighting with chemo or have quality? 

Its all too much, please what do you think warriors, I need some info quick.

Nahmi from Melbourne

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awillett1991's picture
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Last reply 2/2/2013 - 10:22am

I finished my fourth round 8 wks ago and had some slight ringing in my ears off and on. This started back up a week ago when my Dr told me to lower my Prednisone. Anyone else have this? How long did it last? Any advice on how to stop it?? It is loud and almost constant. I can't take supplements or more drugs as my poor liver is processing Zelboraf too. Maybe acupuncture?? I would hang upside in space boots if it would help...
Thanks y'all!

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Annabeth's picture
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Last reply 2/2/2013 - 10:05am
Replies by: Phil S, jmmm

My dad has just been diagnosed with Stage IV MM.  He had a mole on his chest removed last year.  They removed a lymph node from his armpit a couple of weeks ago that had mm.  His PET scan results show hot spots on his liver and bones.  I'm trying to not read too much online because everything sounds so doom and gloom.  My biggest concern is telling my 10yr old daughter that Grandpa has cancer.  Since she was born they have been inseparable.  They are bffs.  She's a bright girl and can take the truth but how do I tell her?  I don't want to scare her I just want her to understand what is happening to Grandpa.

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Last reply 2/2/2013 - 9:29am
Replies by: buffcody, awillett1991, POW

I've had metastases to the lung and brain so far. All have been treated or removed.   Just had a PET scan done yesterday and won't see my oncologist for my results till next Wednesday, but an "inside source" who got a look at my scan report says that there is a suspicious marble-size tumor on my left hip accompaied by bursitis.  Anyone know anything about mets to the hip?  I don't even know if they are talking about the hip bone right now. I'm so bad with anatomy that I am not sure whether when someone tells you that something is on the hip that means the hip BONE or not? 

Not happy, of course, with the presumed news. I've been on ipi since October 30 with fourth infusion over three weeks ago.  No other body mets supposedly when I went on ipi and the brain mets were zapped 7 weeks in.   Am happy there was nothing suspicious besides this showing up in my first PET in 3 1/2 months.  I have had left leg pain for a few months, before the last PET scan in October, that I was receiving physical therapy for and baffled two therapists.  But why no sign of this tumor before the last PET scan? Anyway, I won't jump to conclusions but am interested since I know what I know in learning more.

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Last reply 2/2/2013 - 1:20am

Saw Dr. Pavlick at NYU on Monday, and due to the mixed results on the last scan, she suggested my husband stay on Zel at 3 and 3 until we get results of his next Pet/CT in another few weeks.  She also felt that this would give him a little more time to build himself up, because in her words, ipi is no "walk in the park".  So far, he's gained a little weight (about 3 lbs) and is feeling better than before, so we're thankful for that. Asked her about the 4 weeks on and 2 off with Zel, but she didn't seem to be in favor of it, as long as the dosage was tolerable. So for now, we will just take each day as it comes, and pray that the next scan will show either improvement or at least stability. Thinking of, and praying for everyone on this board.


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Last reply 2/1/2013 - 11:02pm
Replies by: kylez, POW, Tamils, dolphin5, Phil S

As I stated before my wife is stage IV with four tumors.  Three have been removed, Breast, lung and buttocks.  Leaving one in her neck with a watch and wait.   She just completed her blood work and PET in preparation for her doctor appointment at Kaiser Riverside.  Here are our questions.  #1 Does your cancer stage change after a tumor/tumors have been removed?  #2  And does the cancer stage determine which type treatment you would receive or is it the location of the tumor or both?  We would like to thank those of you that replied to our post.  We have just trying to find our way.   

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Last reply 2/1/2013 - 8:43pm
Replies by: Janner, shep, CarolA

new information on my daughter. she has had 6 more nevi removed, 3 were positive but not malignant. she is now being diagnosed as having dysplastic nevus syndrome, more nevi to be biopsied. still no WLE or SNLB (scheduled for Feb 7) however, with this new diagnosis, should we be looking at a clinical trial? there is one being done and actively recruiting at 3 locations near us. 2 in Chicago at Rush and Northwestern. another in Peoria (even closer) at OSF St. Francis. the trial # is NCT00297895. it looks as though this decision must be made prior to a WLE or SNLB which would be performed at Peoria or Chicago locations and not at our current appointed surgery. Please let me know about this trial, as much of the terminology is foreign. 

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Last reply 2/1/2013 - 6:01pm
Replies by: Josh, Ali

My husband had his first round of Yervoy on Tuesday after carbo/taxol stopped working.  He felt fine yesterday and worked a long day.  Today, he was totally wiped out with fatigue just as he was on the second day after he had the chemo.  But, a tumor that popped up fast last week (to about 1/2" diameter) on his neck feels different today.  It feels softer and I really think it is a bit smaller.  Has anyone else had this fast of a response to yervoy?  I'm sure hoping the yervoy is kicking in already!

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