Terri's Journey:

Patient: Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 9 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage IV, BRAF mutation positive: Yes, c-kit positive: Don't Know

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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    TIL

    Clinical Trial

    Went every month for a year , across the country to National Institute of Health. I received the treatment over a 3 week period in November, 2011.

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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and immunotherapy combined (biochemotherapy)

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It was a horrible experience. I went to Kaiser Riverside in 2010.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    I made it to my 30th anniversary.

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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Surgery to remove cancer that has spread

    Procedure or Surgery

    Right lung removed due to cancer spread. Lymph node dissection.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Stopping therapy for now.

    Decision Point

    I feel I need to rest while my cancer is "stable". There is little they can do.

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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Surgery to remove cancer that has spread

    Procedure or Surgery

    Right middle lung removal and left buttock tumor. It was really big and it made my left leg hurt.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Found a large lump on my left arm. Biopsy pending. Positive for melanoma . Melanoma found in right buttock. Surgery removes a pound or so melanoma tumor.

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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Simple removal surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Two softball sized tumors removed yesterday

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 4 years ago
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    Surgery to remove cancer that has spread

    Procedure or Surgery

    Two softball sized melanomas removed: one on left arm, one on right thigh.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 4 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am taking Yervoy. I have not completed course yet. Next week will be 3rd dose.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    Huge melanomas removed from left arm and right leg. Over a pound of tumor removed. Dr. Said it was fat. Oops.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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