stansbam's Journey with Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient: Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 29, Stage IV, BRAF mutation positive: No, c-kit positive: Don't Know

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 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: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and immunotherapy combined (biochemotherapy)

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Job

    Loss

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    My mind/Sense of Humor

    Loss

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    i get countless comments from people either inadvertently saying i look disgustingly skinny or or how great I look- like I'm in shape

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    the high dose Interleukin after my chemo and cell therapy threw my body into overdrive

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

    most times i feel nothing, but when I feel something it's either extreme euphoric happiness ending with anger and irritability

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    I've been dating my boyfriend for a year and he's been very supportive but now I have absolutely no desire in any sort of sexual contact.

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    NIH protocol with Chemotherapy, Cell Therapy, and High Dose Interleukin

    Clinical Trial

    I hope it was worth it. Very intensive. Could have been worse I suppose but at some points I really thought it was going to kill me.

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    hair

    Loss

    I know it grows back and I'm thankful for my opportunities with my treatments however having very long hair go to a bald head is extremely unelemental for me. I feel like I'm missing my 24 year old youth and vanity.

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