How fast can a melanoma spread? Months?? Years??? I've always had a mole on my right side, and to the right of my breast. Ever since I can remember, its been there. As I got older, the mole grew. It became larger than the end of a pencil eraser. Then about 8 months ago a little red dot appeared inside the mole, at the…
scared but getting through this
diagnosed with clarks level IV plus. since have had surgery resulting in clear margins all around. Am on specific active immunotherapy. Anyone else have this treatment?
Question for anyone and everyone...
I've read a few personal web pages and there are references to "blood work" being done in follow ups. Can anyone who has mentioned this blood work tell me what tests are being done to determine the presense of melanoma? Are these RT-PCR tests? In advance, I thank you. Sincerely, Rick
How I got here..
Last December I was diagnosed with a 1 mm melanoma on my upper right back, just where you can't scratch. In early December it was removed via a wide excision and a sentinel node biopsy was performed on the bunch in the right armpit. The results of the sentinel node biospy were negative. So I believe I'm stage 1. From the…
5 years today
My surgery for melanoma was 5 years ago today! While there was no cancer indicated in my sentinel node biopsy, the drs. recommended 4 rounds of chemo as adjuvant therapy because of the depth of the lesion. I did that...it was a rough road but I'm glad now that I took the most aggressive steps available to me. I am grateful…