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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Gene_S's picture
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Last reply 8/4/2014 - 7:13pm

Just this week I got a copy of Ty Bollinger's latest attempt to help you with information.  He calls it "Sugar -- The White Death."  Most of you know that Ty is a fellow author on natural cancer healing.  His book is called "Cancer -- Step Outside the Box!"  You'll find this great four-page article from Ty about sugar here:

If you want to know all the variety of sugars and the health problems they cause, please read this short e-book. 



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Happy_girl's picture
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Last reply 8/5/2014 - 12:01am
Replies by: FayFighter, SABKLYN, Anonymous

Does anyone have an opinion about dr coit at memorial Sloan Kettering?

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Last reply 8/5/2014 - 12:29am
Replies by: robbylee, dnovak, Phil S, Anonymous, curious12

Our 15 Month old son was just diagnosed with Pediatric melanoma. Is there any information that outlines the possible causes of mlanoma in children this young?

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 8/5/2014 - 4:11am
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After my father in law noticed a small lump on his side in spring of 2013 his GP doctor told him to watch it. Fast forward to January 2014 and he had the lump removed. It was a melanoma tumor the size of a softball. Scans later reviewed he had lung mets along with additional spots on his spine, bone, liver, splean, and abdomin. They did one round of Ipi before learning he had a BRAF mutation. He was put on the Mek combo and his LDH levels seemed to return to normal in April, may & June after being in the mid 700's. Two weeks ago he had an onc appointment and although his scans showed to be mostly stable he had two soft tissue spots grow on his right side and his LDH level was back to mid 700's. The onc started him on Ipi today, but his blood work showed almost a 900 LDH level. My concern now is he is already in so much pain (on morphine and delada) with it so far progressed I don't know if he will be around to see if the Ipi had worked. We have a great melanoma oncologist at a great facility I'm just concerned it's too late. 

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Last reply 8/5/2014 - 9:50am
Replies by: robbier, RJoeyB, Ginger8888

smiley  Bringing everyone up to date.  I had biopsy April 14, then Biopsy April 24, sent to MD Anderson May 26th of 2014.  Came home, Biospy June 20th here at home (with home being south alabama).  I live in  a small town that is approxiately 20 to 30 minutes from Gulf Shores, Al.  Had a pet scan July 23, saw my doctor yesterday.  Being sent for a Bone density test.  The findings on Pet scan states: Metastatic disease suspected in the left symphysis pubis and right mid femur.  (2) Activity with the right chest compatibile with recent surgery as well as midline abdominal pelvic incision.  So bone test, then back to see Doctor to discuss clincial trail, wich Yervoy was discussed.  I have that BRAF gene, and that could mean a combo of drugs. 

I have  already told doctor that when I do the medicine, for them to go ahead and put port in, I only have one vein that can be used due to lymph nodes missing from my right one.  I was stuck three times Wednesday befind finding my vein for the pet scan, (veins deep) and small in hand, they blow.  Stuck twice onThursday at Doctors office, then the vein qit giving that blood they wanted. 

I keep my head up, and I still have a strong faith in God and believe in him.  I know that is where my strength comes from in handling this situation.  So any infromation someone might have that can help me make a good deciision on medicine or treatment will be benefitul.  


Iam now considered Stage IV MIB for Melanoma, I have had no kind of treatment and been battling since august 2011.


I believe in God and his son Jesus, I know that this is not everyones belief. I know that God has me in his hand, I might not like what I am going through but God is the one that gives me strength fromd day to day.

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ray39's picture
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Last reply 8/5/2014 - 7:52pm
Replies by: DZnDef, Kdw2012

I've had a mole on my stomach forever but recently I pulled some loose skin off it and the middle scabbed over. It is about 4mm and black in the middle with brown edges. My dermatologist looked at it during my last appointment and didn't say anything about it. That was about 6 weeks ago. I've moved my sept appt up to aug 18.  Could he have missed something?  It has me worried. 

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Camila Navarro's picture
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Last reply 8/6/2014 - 12:34am

My mom had this stage III melanoma, that reached 1 off the limphs. She already had the surgery to remove it and the limphs.


Now the doctor want her to use the interferon, and I've readen a lot about it, and would like to know about people that used it, about the side effects


Thank u very much

Mother have a stage III melanoma


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ashleyelizabeth's picture
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Last reply 8/6/2014 - 12:07pm

Hello all :)

I am a 27 year ok healthy mom of a 2.5 year old boy (my everything!!).  About 3 weeks ago my sister noticed a black mole on my back and said I should get it looked at.  Naturally I am a worrier and slight hypochondriac so I called my doctor right away.  She set me up for an appt. I went in and showed her my mole.  It was miss shaped light and black and raised.  All the characteristics I don't want to have.  He said she was concerned but not worried.  He said some back tomorrow and have it removed so I did.  I right away thought this is it, it'll be cancer and my life is over.  Well my whole family said it's nothing, don't worry, skin cancer isn't going to kill you.  

My doctor called me today after two weeks and said that it was malignant.  My heart stopped, this is so devastating!!! She said the biopsy says that the mole is localized and malignant and that I need to go to a plastic surgeon to have more removed.  

I don't even know what to think, I don't know what this means and I am trying har but all I can't think is my baby will lose his mom!! 

Any advise would be lovely!!

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Patina's picture
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Last reply 8/6/2014 - 4:13pm

Hi Everyone,

We got a second round of good news after treatment for my Mom.  She's had really good results with both ipi/Yervoy and gamma knife radiation so far.  Today her doctor reported that she had no new brain mets and that all the CT scans look terrific.  - The 18 tumors on her scalp are pretty much gone. Just a speck left really. When this started I'd estimate that if you had to measure the total volume of the masses on her head and neck that it would be about 1/6 of a cup. Maybe more...   - I could have strangled her when I found out what was going on. She didn't tell me! Stubborn lady!

The long and short of it is that this is another story of someone who's had a great response and things looked really grim a few times.  

Melanoma treatment has come a long way in the last few years and is only getting better. I hope in my lifetime melanoma won't be so hard to fight and that there is a cure soon. - Baring that, longterm treatment and management that give everyone the quality of life they want...



My Mom was diagnosed in November of 2013 (age 77) and after seeing 4 specialists (one of which diagnosed her with brain mets that a radiologist "overlooked") and thinking about the options she opted to go with gamma knife radiation and ipi 4 days later.  

In short she had: 2 infusions, got colitis and thrush, had a few hospitalizations due to colitis, finally got the 3rd infusion, got colitis again and then a new radiologist (3rd) treated 16 new tumors in April...   

---Terrific tretment at USC in Los Angeles with Dr. Wong and Dr. Chang.  And many thanks to Dr. Peter Bosoberg at the Los Angeles Clinic. - He found the undiagnosed brain mets. 


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Last reply 8/6/2014 - 4:56pm

My husband was diagnosed with melanoma last October, although given the depth and size of the tumor, he proabably had it for quite some time.    It was underneath his hair on his scalp.   He had the tumor removed and had a skin graft and underwent interferon treatments and Sylatron.   He had a PET Scan in April and they found tiny tumors in his left lung.    So in May and June he underwent Hi Dose interlueukin 2 (two rounds--13/14 the first time and 11/14 the second time).   He had a PET Scan on Thursday and it showed the tumors grew slightly.    Now the doctor wants him to undergo Yervoy treatments starting next Tuesday. 

My husband is feeling very frustrated.   We never got a second opinion, we went to Hershey Medical Center because it was close.     I tried making different appointments with different doctors from other hospitals (Johns Hopkins, U of PA, Jefferson, etc.) but always had to cancel because it takes so long to get an appointment and it never failed that those appointments fell on a day he was undergoing a treatment or a PET Scan.    My husband wants to try to go someplace else, however, he doesn't want to waste time by not going to the treatment next week.    I am at a loss.    I want the best for my husband, but I don't know where to go or what to do.    I called Sloan Kettering, but they told me that since he has already started treatments somewhere, they will not see him.   

Any suggestions would be welcome.





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Kdw2012's picture
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Last reply 8/6/2014 - 8:35pm

Do you know if having a high mitotic rate plays a factor in recurrence or aggressiveness of tumors?

What has been your experience?  

My melanomas mitotic rate was 15 but It was also ulcerated

thank you

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Last reply 8/6/2014 - 11:08pm
Replies by: Momrn5, Anonymous, arthurjedi007, Gene_S, CHD, ed williams
Interview with Dr. Russell Blaylock
see page 7 for melanoma

Live 4 today. Thank God for all he has done for us. Looking forward to enjoying tomorrow.

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DZnDef's picture
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Last reply 8/7/2014 - 12:25am
Replies by: DZnDef, Gene_S

Hi all,

This may seem off topic, but I am really trying to limit my exposure to anything that could be harmful to my skin.  Is anyone aware of any skin products and cosmetics that contain only natural ingredients?  I haven't used lotion or make-up for a while now since I realize my skin and body are absorbing whatever I put on it.  I would love to learn about a natural/non-toxic healthy product line.

Thanks in advance,


Maggie - Stage IV (lung mets unknown primary) since July 2012.  Brain mets September 2016.Taf/Mek, gamma knife, Keytruda resulting in clean brain scan and tiny remnants in lung as of July 2017

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I am 33 and I have a lot (30+) of moles that my dermatologist called nervi... something. Some are bigger, some are smaller.

A few of them are bigger than 6mm and a few have irregular margins. I never had one removed.

I go to a check-up every 5-6 months, and the question is always "have you noticed any change?".

Well I did not Notice... but what if I am wrong?

My dermatologist checks every one with a dermatoscope (I think it's called). 


My question:

Is he able to see the Danger / change / etc with that instrument? I worry that I was unable to notice a change in some, and... well I don't want to... you know.


Thank you.

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jej's picture
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Last reply 8/7/2014 - 1:29am
Replies by: kylez, DZnDef, jej, Patina

I was wondering If anyone could give me some advice?

My Dad was recently diagnosed with melanoma in January this year. He had a wide excision of a mole on his back which was > 4mm depth. A CT scan showed axillary lymph node spread and he went on to having alymph node dissection in April this year. Seven of the thirty nodes were positive for melanoma and was due to have radiotherapy in June but a pre-arranged CT scan done a couple of days prior to starting radiotherapy showed up new nodules in both lungs which the radiologist and oncologist are convinced are melanoma but say that all nodules are too small to biospy. They both suggested leaving alone and scanning in 1 month which has just been done. They then said if the nodules had grown they would start vemurafenib. Dad has his scan and went to see the oncologist yesterday. The nodules have slightly increased in size in some and not in others. They have again suggested scanning in 6 weeks time and again starting vemurafenib if they have grown or sooner if Dad becomes symptomatic.  At present Dad is not symptomatic at all, in fact he feels better than he has for a long time. Does this seem reasonable? ?..

My Dad is 72yrs old and has had a kidney transplant 2yrs ago. His Transplant team have stopped 1 of his immunosuppressive drugs and halfed the other with no issue to his kidney function. The oncologist is a melanoma specialist in Manchester (we live in the uk) and is reluctant to start ipilimumab at the moment but will do in the future when needs to.

I really don't know where to start. 


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