• I have heard from several sources, my oncologist included, that after having leukemia I am more at risk for melanoma now. Great!

    Asked by Leuky on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    I have heard from several sources, my oncologist included, that after having leukemia I am more at risk for melanoma now. Great!

    Here is a study from Rochester University
    https://www.futurity.org/cll-leukemia-melanoma-1838072/

    2 Answers from the Community

    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      "At risk" This does not mean that you are going to get any other cancer. Realistically, you must be prepared for that, but store the info in the back of your mind, take precautions and live life, love life. After all, human mortality is running consistent at 100%.

      Consider: today in the US, 102 souls lost their lives in traffic accidents. No warning. No goodbyes. No patching up relationships, no getting affairs in order.

      Just a sudden lights out.

      Wanna gripe? I cannot go in the sun. At all. SPF/UPF clothing is mandatory. Long-term high-dose steroids have caused: Skin so thin that accidental contact with household surfaces tears it open. My forearms look like a cutter's. Constantly bandaged. Cloudy vision from cataracts caused by total body irradiation. Chronic kidney disease. Osteoporosis, hypertension, thickened bladder walls, 'roid rage, sleeplessness, fatigue, type II diabetes with neuropathy. Acute, then chronic Graft-versus-Host-Disease necessitating continuing ECP treatment (similar to dialysis) and clinical trial participation, and the list goes on. I have bad days, no doubt. But I have never had a bad week.

      What was it that you were complaining about?

      Being alive?

      3 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I was told by mine 29 years ago that due to my having Hodgkins that I was more at risk for leukemia now. I guess we all are at risk more now than before. But as Po18guy says, I'll take what I have now, all the crappy side effects with it, over the side effects.

      3 months ago

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