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Re: Advice needed treatment options stage 4

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    Little Pat
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      Ipilimumub in my opinion is an option to be very hopeful about. IL-2 is also an option. It can actually cure about one in 20 patients. I know those aren't great odds, but it can happen. I've met people who have had incredible responses with IL-2.

      Have they tested your tumor for c-kit. Tumors that express c-kit may respond to Gleevec.

      Carbo + taxol chemotherapy is becoming more popular in the United States. It is probably at least as effective as dacarbazine. Abraxane is a newer chemotherapy drug that has also shown some promise (I'm not sure if it is available in Australia).

      Good luck and God bless you,

      Pat M

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