Nov 29, 2003 - 10:10 pm
My father has been diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma. He has been on immunotherapy for the past few months. There has been no change in the tumors in any of the catscans. Now they found more cancer cells on his face and in his lymph nodes(?)My father wants to continue with the therapy because that is what the doctor suggests. I want to know if there is any other studies or therapys that any one else has tried and had success with at his Stage. Every thing I look at is very grim and vague. His oncologist is telling us to hope and pray but not giving us any real information on his chances of surving this. My sister overheard one of the doctors speaking of my father after the last catscan. The doctor said that he looked like he had about six months. Now we don't know what to think. Between what we read online and this and the fact that it's been spreading- what do you do? Is it worth him continuing this therapy? He didn't become sick until after starting this treatment. So the quality of his life is crap because he is so sick from the shots he gets every week. If he is indeed dying shouldn't they say something?