• This might be a silly question, but what exactly is being BRAF positive for melanoma mean?

    Asked by sleahey07 on Monday, October 1, 2012

    This might be a silly question, but what exactly is being BRAF positive for melanoma mean?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • Terri's Avatar

      Hi, they test your tumor for the BRAF gene. I have it. About 50% of the melanomas tested (I heard) have this gene. They test for it because they developed Zelboraf to attack melanoma tumors using this gene. Apparently, it works for a lot of people.

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      BRAF is a gene that makes a protein called B-Raf. For some melanomas, this protein aid in cancer growth and cell division. The significance of BRAF+ is that there is a specific treatment that can be used to inhibit the protein from aiding the growth of the cancer.

      almost 6 years ago
    • daca1964's Avatar

      I'd like to know that too I see you have two answers there but not such about it. They never tested me I was Stage IIIB had two surgeries and year long treatment and go every 3 months for blood work with the Oncologist and every 6 months to the Surgeon and Dermatogolist. I'm three years out now and it feels good. Good Luck

      almost 6 years ago
    • sleahey07's Avatar

      Thank y'all for the information! I truly appreciate it! I had stage IV Melanoma and I just never talked to my doctors about being B-RAF positive/negative. I am currently in my tenth month of remission! Good luck to all of y'all and God Bless!

      almost 6 years ago

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