• Can you recover from stage 3 or 4 malignant melanoma?

    Asked by KRBaum on Friday, October 19, 2012

    Can you recover from stage 3 or 4 malignant melanoma?

    My cancer has just spread to my lymph nodes, and I have scans next week to determine if the cancer has spread to other organs. I'm beginning to get nervous, can people fully recover from stage 3 or 4 melanoma?

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      yes..I am here and I was stage IV! Heading in for another pet scan next month, but we are out here!

      about 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Nothing is impossible. My type of cancer is incurable (but very slow acting). Yet, I know a man who had the same type of cancer and who nearly died from it. He is now cancer free. So, fight the good fight. Then, whatever happens, you know you gave it your best shot.

      about 4 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      Hi KRBaum. I know that you are scared. Truly, the not knowing where you're at is the scariest part of the "journey". Just because the cancer has spread to your lymph nodes does not mean that you are stage 3 or 4. And even if you are, it doesn't mean that you can't be treated. Once your doctor has all the information, you and your doctor will come up with a plan for fighting this thing. Take a deep breath and focus on what's good in your life right now. I know that's easier said than done but worrying right now isn't going to do any good. It's only going to upset you and you don't really need that now, do you? Sending well wishes your way!

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It depends what you mean by fully recover. You can fully recover from a cold but that doesn't mean you will never get another one. The same is true of cancer. You can be in full remission with no evidence of disease, but there is never a guarantee that there will not be a recurrence.

      about 4 years ago
    • sleahey07's Avatar

      Hi KRBaum,
      I was diagnosed with stage 3 Melanoma skin cancer at the age of twelve. It started as a mole on my head and had spread to the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. I had gotten an interferon treatment that year and two surgeries. The next year, however, the cancer came back on my head again as well as spread to my right lung. So then my cancer became stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma. I had surgeries and treatments until my final surgery at 16, and I was in remission until last December, it had reoccured on my right arm in the form of a small nodule. However, before we could biopsy it, the nodule had shrunken down. My doctor assumes it was an immuno response from my body.
      But since December of 2011, I have been in remission. I have beaten Melanoma time and time again, and each fight was worth it. It IS possible to fully recover, but like with my story, it will always have the chance of reoccurring. But that is why we take preventative measures in assuring that we are limiting sun exposure and that we are eating healthy and not allowing stress to wear our bodies down. The reason my melanoma came back last year in 2011, was because I had let stress from college get to me.
      Just be sure to put your health above everything and be conscious about sun exposure. I will pray that everything works out, Stay Positive! Positivity is a big factor!

      about 4 years ago
    • bjsimme's Avatar

      Yes indeed God can do anything but you need to help. Need protein cut out the sugar, turmors like sugar helps them to grow. Keep the stress level down thats gonna be the hardest thing to do. I am stage v and very tired of the fight myself but I have tooooo much stress in my life keeping it out is very hard but I also am fighting MD which the 2 work against each other but I am still here. Don't give up focus on something or someone in your life to fight for. Let friends help you through don't keep your fears bottled in write it down here let the warriors here give you some wisdom to fight with. Hope this helps keep the fears at bay.

      about 4 years ago
    • KRBaum's Avatar

      Wow, these are all incredibly helpful answers! Y'all have given me a lot of hope in this fight. I have a PET scan and a CT scan this Thursday to determine if my melanoma has gone to stage 4, as I'm at stage 3 right now. I have a lymph node dissection coming up also. Y'all have such a positive attitude and a fierce warrior spirit, for which I'm so grateful! Thank you so much for your answers!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • AndreaS13's Avatar

      Absolutely! I was stage 3c with lymph nodes in arm and neck affected. I did 4 months of treatment (surgery, radiation, chemo) before I was in remission. Then a year of preventative treatments (alternating interferon and oral chemo). I still have various scans 7 years later, but I'm living a full life.

      almost 4 years ago
    • daca1964's Avatar


      I'm a Stage IIIB Nodular Melanoma Survivor. It spread to my lymph nodes also my right armpit which they removed a sack from there from my mold on my back that spread to my armpit. I went through a year of Inter Feron and I'm still here after 4 years. Just make sure you go to your follow ups. I still go every 6 months to my Oncologist for blood work and to my dermatologist for a head to top check up and scans if needed.


      over 3 years ago

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