Jun 24, 2011 - 11:40 am
I am new here, and see that a lot of people get great support. Long story short about my melanoma experience. I had a mole removed on my left scalp when I was 21 yrs old that was positive for melanoma, then followed by a large excision (clear margins). They also removed a few lymph nodes in my neck on the left side for precautionary measures that were clear. 9 years later, a small tumor showed up in my larynx which I felt as a tickle in my throat. They biopsied that and it showed positive for melanoma. They immediately were baffled as to how it showed up there. They did a large excision surrounding my tumor inside my throat and margins were clear. The surgeon did an amazing job at saving all vital functioning organs in my throat. I went through interferon for 5 months and then a lymph node on my right neck popped up showing positive for melanoma. I had a radical neck dissection in March 2011 and 4 nodes showed positive out of 29. I then completed 20 bilateral high dose treatments of radiation to my neck which I just completed 2 weeks ago (PET and CT scans showed nothing). My throat was torched and I had to deal with many ulcers. A node now on the other side of my neck just popped up and I am dreading the fact that it might have somehow survived through the treatments. I just saw my surgeon and radiologist, and they are saying they are 95% certain the swollen node is from all the drama in my throat. I am on antibiotics now for 3 days with node not shrinking at all. I am so young and so tired of trying to fight this disease. I am praying to God everyday that this is the last step I have to take in this fight. I am dreading of having to have another neck dissection, and am having a hard time understanding how this node (if positive for melanoma) immediately popped up in the area that was just blasted by radiation. I really hope my doctors are right, I am just scared. I have been so strong, but it's a lot to deal with at the age of 30. Just looking for a little support!