Janice's Journey with Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient: Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 12 years ago, Female, Age: 69

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    • Janice
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 5 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Recurred after 14 years from initial diagnosis/surgery. That was a mole, stage IV. This was a bump under the skin in same area.

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    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 5 years ago
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    Simple removal surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    CT found tumor on bowel. Had bowel resection. Not fun.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    over 5 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    A good experience. Luckily, hardly any side effects. I "flunked out" of the trial after a time as it seemed to stop working. I think everyone should try a clinical trial. The one I was in you got something, whether the new drug or another. I don't know how I would feel if there was a chance I would be getting a placebo.

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    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Have had chemo 3 separate times over the years. Some has less side effects than others, and I'm sure everyone has different effects. I also had Interleukin 2 - 4 rounds in the hospital for 6 days at a time. The nurses were lifesavers. So supportive and FAST to alleviate the side effects. What would we do without the wonderful nurses?

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Janice
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Has tumor in mediasteinum, which surgeon said was inoperable. The radiation did a great job on this one and it is gone!!!!! Going everyday for 6 weeks, when I finished I cried - I felt so close to the technicians. Another wonderful, caring group of people.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Janice
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Off chemo since July. Have tumor under skin which grow and act inflamed then go back down for a bit. Having a CT next Monday, seeing Doctor on Wednesday. Where do we go from here? I'm hoping for the best, but my body is telling me otherwise. I just am trying to enjoy each day. I feel much stronger being off chemo and drugs. It is interesting to me how much I really appeciate feeling stronger. I remember when I was undergoing chemo my husband and I would go out to dinner. I wasn't hungry, and all the other things, and I remember being jealous that people could laugh, run, eat, etc., and I was hoping they really appreciated being well. I have a wonderful support system of friends and family (although my husband is taking a bit of a ride on the river "denial".

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Went back on chemo and interferon in October. Took a break(my choice) during Christmas. Started again after New Year's. Lost my hair for 4th time, could only have a round of 2 as red and white blood cells took turns being low. March started having headAches - sinus? Then couldn't keep anything down all weekend - stomach flu? Monday went to doc, figured just needed fluids. Doc made me walk across room and told me to go for MRI STAT! Did it and was told I had to have someone come and get me as they didn't want me to drive and needed to to ER now. Had lesion on brain. Had surgery Thurs (this was Monday). Fabulous surgeon! Home on Monday. Not easy but did my exercises and in May going to Aruba. Figured I could lay in bed or on the beach. We would all pick the same one. I then had 3 weeks of radiation on brain and a bugger on my leg. Yes, lost hair again, few burns on scalp, very weak and tired, but still kicking!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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