1. over 2 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    The "manual" brain surgery must have left behind a few cancer cells in the muscular tissue on it's way out. Because, about a year a...

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  2. over 2 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Switched immunotherapy to Nivolumab.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. over 2 years ago
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    Laser surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Gamma knife surgery to zap the small tumor and to "sweep the tumor bed" of the larger tumor that had been removed "manually".

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  4. over 2 years ago
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    Surgery to remove cancer that has spread

    Procedure or Surgery

    The large tumor was removed via regular brain surgery.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. over 2 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Had a seizure. Turns out I had two melanoma brain tumors. The large one was the size of a golf ball.

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  6. over 2 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Now I'm stage 4. Ipimumilab worked before, so I went back on it.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  7. over 2 years ago
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    Ipimumilab

    Clinical Trial

    Ipimumilab had been FDA approved for Stage 4 melanoma. At this point, I had stage 3C and took part in a trial to have it approved f...

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  8. over 2 years ago
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    Wide excision surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I ended up with some nerve damage to my ear, plus a drain coming out of my chest.

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  9. over 2 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Doc dod not find the sentinel node.

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  10. over 2 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Initial tumor removal. Pathology/Lab discovered it was Melanoma. This is the first time anyone told me I had cancer.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  11. over 2 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Metastasized to the lungs

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    • Terri
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    My 35 th wedding anniversary. I never thought I would see it. What a miracle.

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