Jan 24, 2007 - 12:09 pm
hello, i am new to this board and i really need to hear some facts. My cousin was diagnosed with melanoma in november, and just had her first surgery on Jan. 5. Her tumor was more than 4mm thick and was ulcerated. Her biopsy showed that her cancer spread to her lymph nodes and she is schedualed for a second surgery to remove the rest with a follow up treatment of chemo. I'm really scared for her. The doctor told her she has 4-6 years, and all the statistics that i have read show that she has a 28%-60 % chance at a survival rate of 5 yrs. I'm really scared for her. I know because she is young that automatically gives her a better chance. Honestly, if she has the surgery and gets the chemo, wont that kill the cancer cells? And even if it does come back, wont they find it early, since she'll be going for regular check ups? I mean, i know i'm in shock, but HOW could she possibley die from this? I would really appreciate to hear anyone's advice, survivor stories, or just straight facts-thanks!