- August 18, 2010 at 12:28 am
I took a minute to look at your profile. In 2003 when you wrote that you were just graduating and hoping to get into teacher's college. Looks like you made it!
Melanoma is tenacious, but not indestructible. A lot has changed since you were first diagnosed. Let me reiterate that–a LOT has changed since you were diagnosed.
Getting to a good melanoma center is key, if it is at all possible. Not sure where they are in Canada, but others might offer suggestions.
If I understand your post correctly after this procedure you will still be Stage III. This leaves a number of treatment options open to you, including a number of clinical trials. And some of these trials are showing great promise.
A few things to consider. Learn as much about your tumor as possible. Some trials are specific to people who have certain mutations in their tumor, and knowing that information can make a difference. And take a bit of time to look into what choices are out there. You heave heard about "ipi", but there are also vaccine trials, BRAF inhibitors, MEK inhibitors, PARP inhibitors, and the list goes on and on.
Please keep us posted.