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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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 7/30/2012 - 6:37pm
Replies by: rbruce, Candi13, LynnLuc, melmar

Hi Margo,

 

How are you doing on the Merck trial??? Any side effects?

I think that you mentioned your second set of scans would be in July. I hope that you found no cancer & NED.

My brother, was dx 2010-stage 4. He is on this trial in San Antonio. His last scans showed 50% shrinkage on 3 tumors- 2 lung, and liver.

It is nice to share info on these trials.

Anyone else on this Merck trial??/ Please post how you are doing so we can share hope & encouage each other.

Wishing everyone the Best.

Tim's Sister, Annie.

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Last reply 7/29/2012 - 8:58am
Replies by: Gene_S, Anonymous, deardad, Harry in Fair Oaks

My father was first diagnosed with melanoma cancer back in 08. It was found early and removed. Earlier this month, my father went to the hospital with pneumonia. The doctors had found that melanoma had actually spread, and found bits of it in his right lung. During this week, the doctors discovered both lungs mets (the right one being worse), liver mets, brain mets (one small tumor and just recently today, 2 more). No word yet as to whether he'll undergo radiation therapy.

My father is 64, but is incredibly healthy for his age. He is very fragile at the moment though since he recently had a bronchoscopy to treat the meta in his lung. He also has had a wounded leg for the last 50 years which is potentially infected. It may be the cause of high white blood cells in his system, but has still lived a normal life with it.

I've done research on metastasis melanoma and have found an average range of 2-8 months. I have past family members that were outliers of that statistic. My grandmother was given 3 months and ended up living for 4 more years and she too had melanoma. My aunt was given 6 months but ended up living 11 years and she had throat cancer. However, neither of them had brain metastasis.

The doctors won't tell us a timeline because they aren't sure themselves, but I need to know. I am currently attending UC Irvine and classes are starting the middle of September. It is about 2 hours from home so I won't be going back often. I have come to accept that in his condition, he doesn't have long so I just want to prepare myself. I don't want to receive a phone call from my family one day in class, or during a test, or in the library, but when it does happen, I just want to be ready. Has anyone had a similar experience like this, or know an estimated timeline?

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Last reply 7/30/2012 - 8:47pm

Stage 4 NED 2 years 4 months!!~ Lynn

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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Last reply 7/29/2012 - 7:48pm
Replies by: Angela C, Anonymous

Angela,

How are you doing since your IL-12 treatment at NIH. I hope your scans showed that the treatment is working.

Wishing you  the BEST & NED status.

Mary

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Last reply 7/30/2012 - 5:22pm
Replies by: fdess056, LynnLuc

Hi, all Anyone experience or hear of mets inside the stomach?  My most recent PET scan showed activity that has just been confirmed as melanoma. I also have mets in the knee bone, lungs and brain.  I completed yervoy in March, had brain SRS in March and May.  Lung mets shrunk 65%, everything else remained stable.  We assumed yervoy was working.  Now this new situation.  I'm on steroids and scheduled to start Zelboraf on Tuesday. Any feedback would be appreciated

Thanks!

Frankd Brooklyn

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Last reply 7/31/2012 - 7:04am

Hello -

A small lesion with a high mitotic rate was removed from my cheek two weeks ago.  The SLNB showed three microscopic deposits in one of two nodes that were removed.  I go see the Doctor on Tuesday to discuss a CLND in the neck to remove 50 more lymph nodes.  This surgery makes me nervous but I feel relatively calm in general as there is nothing I can do about my cancer or prognosis today...except read, learn, and hear what you have to say.  I am in the process of preparing a bunch of questions for the consultation including if this is Stage IIIA or B (due to the mitotic rate).  I have a pet scan Friday - I assume this is to determine if it has spread to the brain/liver/lungs/bone thus making a CLND irrelevant.

Please share your recovery story if you had a similar CLND.  How long before you went back to work and felt relatively normal physically?

I have also been separated for a little under a year and this adds a little relationship complexity to the situation.  Feel free to share on this topic as well.

Thank you!

Steve

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Last reply 7/30/2012 - 1:37pm

Have 2 different opinions.  Following 3rd local reoccurance in the right axilla, radiology oncologist wants 5 1/2 weeks of radiation to gain local control. My oncologist at Siteman Cancer Center in St. louis says radiation is not very effective for systemic control..if I should move to Stage IV...wants me in a clinical vaccine trial.  I see him next Tuesday, and I would like to know more than I know now...Is it possible to have radiation and then still be accepted for a trial after healing? Or would doing radiation knock me out of the trial? A vaccine sounds good..but I know nothing of the study yet... Thanks for help.

One voice can make a song; one life can change the world.

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Last reply 7/30/2012 - 12:23am

Just wondering if  anyone here of has had, or heard of substantial benefit from doing IL2 a second time, or being on temodar, or trying whole brain radiation?

These are a few things, up in the air, that I may trying that I haven't yet..

Sometimes just a single story of success is enough to get that spark, that optimism, and make these times of waiting easier.

Thanks, -Kevin

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Liz C's picture
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After 9 years NED, I have a new primary. Here we go again.

Stay vigilant!

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After 9 years NED, I have a new primary. Here we go again.

Stay vigilant!

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Last reply 7/27/2012 - 1:51pm

in sydney for gammaknife only to be told there are 40 new lesions in his brain. We are still here waiting to go home tomorrow. So devastating...........dad also has the flu and ended up in hospital on oxygen on our first night here. Everythings down hill from now and i feel like im just living a nightmare. Poor dad i cant imagine how he's coping. Thanks for hearing my winge. Nahmi from melbourne

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Last reply 7/27/2012 - 6:05pm

HI! Just got off the phone with Linda H. She was released. She is going to be on the Dabrafenib trial. She will get scans again tomorrow. She is decreasing the steroids which is a requirement. They found she has diabetes due to the steroid use and is on insulin...this is probably temporary , but for now its something she has to go thru. The two old small mets bled, probably because her blood pressure was high...the other two mets are small. If she needs more surgery or radiation she can still get it. They are bringing in a brand new CT scan specifically for the Dabrafenib trial and she will need to have that scan used on her from day one. That should be installed no later than 3 weeks. She sounds good, some hesitation in forming words, but she is doing much better. She still has difficulty typing and finding words. Difficulty reading written words... I just wanted to share and support her! Thanks, Lynn

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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This was on the path report from my recent WLE, which I just got in the mail.  It says "reactive melanocytosis above area of prior scar, completely removed."  Does anyone know what this means? Is it a common finding on a path report after a prior biopsy? Thanks for any info you could share.

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Last reply 8/1/2012 - 12:22pm
Replies by: Liz C, aldakota22, Anonymous

Nine years after my last melanoma surgery, I was just diagnosed with a new primary.  Stay vigilant, folks!

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Last reply 7/26/2012 - 7:15pm
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Stumbled across this and found it useful in explaining where we are in determining which to go with in what order. Pretty easy to read. So many unknowns still but having options is a good thing!

http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/Home/Education%20&%20Training/Educational%20B...

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