• Hdwmc
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 3 years ago
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    The doctor said the "c" word, the anxiety and worry in the beginning was terrible. I don't think I slept all night until I had my appt.

    Oh No

    It was an eye opener to say the least. One good thing is I have everyone in my family going to the dermatologist at least once a yea...

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    • Hdwmc
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 3 years ago
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    Skin graft

    Procedure or Surgery

    After the initial surgery to remove the melanoma in situ the skin graph came a week later. There is a considerable amount of discomf...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • DonnainRI
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 3 years ago
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    Cancer is shrinking

    Celebration

    My CT from last week shows that most of the ground-glass lesions in my lung have disappeared and my lymph nodes are smaller!

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    • Jtruex
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 3 years ago
    • buffcody
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 3 years ago
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    Milestones

    Wednesday, June 15, I recieved the word that I no longer had evidence of stage 4 melanoma from my oncologist at the University of Mi...

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    • DonnainRI
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Immunotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started Opdivo and Yervoy on the 16th of January. No real effects as of yet, but they gave me a huge list of possible side efects/to...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • DonnainRI
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Decision on treatment for unresectable melanoma

    Decision Point

    My last PET showed several lymph nodes with increased FDG uptake and a biopsy was positive for melanoma. Now the decision is wait fo...

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    • DonnainRI
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Fine needle aspiration biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I underwent a fine-needle aspiration biopsy at Brigham and Women's Hospital on January 31st. Results were positive for melanoma.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • DonnainRI
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    My last PET scan showed several areas of FDG uptake in the lymph nodes. I am having a biopsy on the 31st and then, if it is positive...

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    • barb61
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    have heard that if hodgekin lymphoma stays in remission for five years another cancer will probaly star

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    • wngalvin
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    what treatment will be next - what can I do

    Decision Point

    on steroids for inflammation so can't really do anything now. Trying to get my insurance company to work nicely is also a big issue.

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    • wngalvin
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    cord compression forced a stopping of process

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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