• I have Malignant melanoma and had a wide local as well as a sentinal node biopsy....is there still a concern that it could come back?

    Asked by MamaFagan03 on Thursday, May 24, 2012

    I have Malignant melanoma and had a wide local as well as a sentinal node biopsy....is there still a concern that it could come back?

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    • Mindy91's Avatar

      I was diagnosed last July with stage III melanoma. I had a Complete lymph node dissection in my right axillery. I began interferon treatments in August. My oncologist said I have a 64% chance of a reoccurance in the next five years. If I don't have a recurrence in the next five years my odds increase. If no recurrences in 10 years he said they consider me cured. It is important to get follow up PET scans and see a dermatologist. Hope this helps...

      over 4 years ago
    • happydad's Avatar

      I was diagnosed in April 2009 with stage IIIc or IV malignant melanoma. Had a first wide excision with sentinel node biopsy. Biopsy was negative, but surgeon and oncologist recommended and second and wider excision a month later. Started interferon after the second surgery and completed the full year at beginning of September 2010. I had asked what the downside of not doing Interferon would be and was told I probably wouldn't see Christmas in 2009. I have now had Christmas with my family in 2009, 2010, and 2011. However, not sure about 2012. Melanoma for me has come back with a vengance. Had a large tumor removed from stomach just before Christmas, tumors in my brain, have had stereotactic radiosurgery for two tumors, more brain tumors developed, have had full-brain radiation, now diabetic, and more tumors throughout my torso. Last meeting with the oncologist we discussed options at this point. The fortunate thing for me is I still have no pain. The top option my wife and I are considering is to do nothing and enjoy each day. As was already suggested keep working with your oncologist, PET scans, and bloodwork. I am grateful for every new day I have and my personal faith in my Heavenly Father and support from my family continue to sustain me. I wish you the best.

      over 4 years ago
    • Red's Avatar

      Unfortunately yes. I had a wide excision and sentinal node biopsy near my templein July 2010. Prior to that I had melanoma removed from my back in 1997. Last November I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and the biopsy from a tumor in my lung determined the melanoma spread from the melanoma on my temple. Even with the wide excision and removal of lymph nodes, some cells wound up finding a way to spread. I recommend staying vigilant and asking for chest X-rays every six months and then yearly to make sure you are still cancer-free.

      over 4 years ago
    • Terri's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with stage 3 in 1995. I was NED until June, 2009 and now I am stage 4. Melanoma is tricky, and it is the "cancer that doesn't act like cancer". good luck everyone.

      about 4 years ago

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