• What % of people survive after being diagnosed with melanoma?

    Asked by LuisKool on Saturday, July 13, 2013

    What % of people survive after being diagnosed with melanoma?

    What is The survival rate of people with melanomA?

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    • Clyde's Avatar

      I'm still here as is everyone else with melanoma who currently posts on this board. I would call that 100% survival rate for those still breathing and typing.

      almost 8 years ago
    • melanomamama's Avatar
      melanomamama (Best Answer!)

      There is a difference between survival and cure. Early stage melanomas might be cured, but for late stage melanoma my oncologists refuse to say I'm in "remission." But they will acknowledge that, whenever the scans show no active cancer, that I am at the NED stage (which means no evidence of disease.) When my cancer has popped up again, so far, they've beat it back, so I consider that I have a chronic disease that is being well managed so far.
      As for your particular case, this is a question for your oncologist who will probably say that it depends on the stage of the melanoma and also the history of treatments. I was looking pretty good even at Stage IV until the melanoma crept into my brain. Then my prognosis plummeted from years back down to months. But I've already outlived that poor prognosis. Some people don't want to know these statistics, so usually the docs won't come out with numbers unless we ask for them. Then the smart docs will tell us that they are talking about averages, and that we might beat the averages as I have done more than once.
      Constance Emerson Crooker

      almost 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer (Best Answer!)

      My husband had his one malignant mole removed nearly 20 years ago. He applies sunscreen religiously and has only had one other "suspicious" mole removed, which was benign. He shows me daily it's possible to live a pretty normal life w/melanoma--and I'm so glad to have him, still.

      almost 8 years ago
    • daca1964's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Nodular Melanoma 4 years ago. Had two surgeries and a year of treatment and I'm still kicking. So it all depends on Stages and how far it spread. Mine mole had spread to my right arm pit and they had to remove a sac of lymp nods. I just went for my 6 month check up today with my Dermatologist and I'm good for another 6. Next month I go to the Oncologist for blood panel and will see how that is. That is the one I get nervous about do to the fact that my type of cancer can spread in the blood stream. My cancer can spread from the groin area to the brain. Not a good one.

      almost 8 years ago
    • jcap's Avatar

      When I asked my doc for prognosis, he didn't give one and said "you're one individual" and your circumstances are different from others in the compilation of people they get the prognoses from so he wouldn't give me a %. I am stage IV from stage IA. Had a mole removed, Stage IA in 2012. It changed while I was pregnant with my now 2 year old. It was a mole I had forever. Then, not even a year later, in April of this year, I was diagnosed with Stage IV. My nodes were clean in 2012 so it spread through my blood to my hip bone. The tumor broke my pelvis and acetabulum. Had a complete hip replacement and then some. Not sure if everything was removed from my hip but there is a spot on my rib which grew slightly from April to June. I'm on treatment now, Ipi, and had radiation for my hip. Almost done with the Ipi. I just want the disease to disappear. I guess I'll take 5 yrs NED at a time if that's the best case scenario. Just want some time to breathe in between bouts if this disease will be with me forever. That's what scares me about melanoma the most….will it spread and where to. If it goes to my brain, I'm not sure how I will handle it. This is my scariest case scenario. I don't even want to think about it. Anyway, my doc told me to look at it like someone having heart disease or diabetes….just another disease to stay on top of. I just hope we can stay on top of it. In the meantime of staying on top of it….sometimes the treatment can be debilitating…and I guess this is the price we have to pay to live. Some people are in jail…I guess we have a cancer that doesn't go away…it's a sentence to me. But I do try to stay positive, but you know…we all go to the dark side at times. Anyway…I remember life w/o this worry and I consider that "freedom"!!!!

      over 6 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar

      Whatever the %.....I'm gonna beat it!!!

      over 6 years ago
    • jcap's Avatar

      good attitude Keith. I pray I do too!

      over 6 years ago

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