Whatnext's Journey with Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Family/Friend: Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 10 years ago, Male, Age: 67, Stage IV, BRAF mutation positive: Yes, c-kit positive: Don't Know

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    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 8 years ago
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    Metastic Melanoma - stopping medication

    Decision Point

    Hi to all! My father has been receiving Zelboraf for approximately 9 months now. Initially he started on a 4/4 per day dosage. It proved to be too much for him to handle so he was cut back to 2/2 per day. He has cancer on his liver, stomach, lymph nodes and next to his Aorta. Initially he saw a shrinkage when starting Zelboraf but as stated at many internet sights, at around the 6 month period it started growing again. They moved him up to 4/4 per day again but, true to form, it has once again proven to be too much. He has since cut it back himself to 2/2 a day again and is in a lot of pain (joint, foot, body) and is considering quoting all together as he says he is just existing and not living. He sleeps a lot but can't for a normal 8 hour night. It's a couple hours here, up for an hour, then sleep for another couple hours. He has lost weight (down to 100 lbs) and says nothing tastes good. My question is, if he decides to quit and it is inoperable, what should I expect? How fast will it progress? He is already weak and rarely leaves his house. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond.

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