Jackye's Journey with Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Survivor: Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 14 years ago, Female, Age: 66, Stage IV, BRAF mutation positive: Yes, c-kit positive: Don't Know

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    • Jackye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed in 2003 stage 4 Melanoma. I did clinical trials and the cancer started moving through my lymph nodes to other areas of my body internally.Then it went to my brain in 2004 had surgery and I I had 47 treatments of IL-2 and 30 days nonstop of radiation Over the years I went back in 2009 for more IL-2. and compl;eted 9 rounds of IL-2 again.. Through all of this I have had 15 surgerys internally. Nov. 2011 I was diagnosed with 3 inoperable tumors and put on Yervoy for three months.. So far two have gone and 2mm of one is left. I go back for scans this month I Praise God through all of this, He has been with me through all of this. I also believe 98% of your recovery is attiitude. I work with people who have this type of cancer and others to encourage and give hope(no I am not a nurse) just helping people who have no clue what is happening. Over the years I have gotten 4 of these people into be a patient under my doctor. Very Rare. I am Blessed and never lose sight of that. I am also asked to be a member of an Executive Board Melanoma Commitee. I continue to call and check on these people and have driven out of state to encourage and visit. I am truely Blessed to be alive.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    The IL-2 was horrific and remained in hospital during all treatments Nine months

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jackye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jackye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and immunotherapy combined (biochemotherapy)

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    IL-2 was horrible

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Jackye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery to remove cancer that has spread

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jackye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    melanoma

    Clinical Trial

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    • Jackye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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    • Jackye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    I am tired but I can do this with Gods strength

    Decision Point

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    • Jackye
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Other Care

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