Immunotherapy - papabill

Drug or Chemo Therapy Associated with Skin Cancer - Melanoma. Posted on January 28, 2018 View this journey (1 Experience)

Just received initial perfusion - Keytruda - January 23, 2018 after initial diagnosis of melanoma on scalp with follow-up surgery in January 2016. Two years of follow-up CT//MRIs showed no evidence of disease progression in body. January 2016 CT scan of liver showed melanoma had metastasized to liver and left adrenal gland. This after in 2011 having been diagnosed and treated for Stage III colo-rectal cancer and living with the after-effects of bowel issues and chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy. All this in addition to several bouts of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.

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  • Terri's Avatar

    I have Stage 4 melanoma and chemo induced neuropathy. Let everyone know how the Keyruda goes. I am interested as I am Brac positive too. That’s my next line of therapy. I am sorry you are going through this. You have been through a lot.

    over 2 years ago
  • SandiA's Avatar

    Hi papabill. I am so sorry you are going through all this. I was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in May 2014. Went through surgery and yervoy and opdivo, and treatment induced RA. My scans have been great. However, this last scans showed lesions on my jaw line and near the pituitary gland. Follow up scans in a couple weeks and hoping it’s nothing. I wish you all the best and please let us know how it goes.

    over 2 years ago
  • buffcody's Avatar

    You have certainly been and are still going through it with your two cancers. I presume that the CT scan showing the spread of melanoma was 2018 and not 2016, otherwise I am sure you would have started Keytruda before that. You and I are agemates and also two different cancer survivors. My first one was male breast cancer but after the various treatments have not had any sign of it since 2003. My melanoma started at Stage 4 back in early 2012. I'm happy to report that after a year's worth of Opdivo treatments, no trace of it has been found since this past spring. So I'm NED. Still dealing with some long duration (life for a couple) of immunotherapy side effects (I had also taken Yervoy back in 2012) but it is certainly a great relief,which I hope you experience too, for the immunotherapy to work and, though testing continues every 3 months, to have a period free from the cancer that there are good odds will stay for the rest of my life. I'm 77 as you are. So we're partners there as well. All the very best for you and your immunotherapy future. Frank

    over 2 years ago

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