The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Content within the patient forum is user-generated and has not been reviewed by medical professionals. Other sections of the Melanoma Research Foundation website include information that has been reviewed by medical professionals as appropriate. All medical decisions should be made in consultation with your doctor or other qualified medical professional.

Re: Newly diagnosed Stage IV, just started Dacarbazine – Im …



      What your feeling is natural.  While many have given you advice on treatment possibilities they are also reaching out to let you know your not alone.  We've all been frightened at some point on this journey.

      While I can't give you suggestions on treatment I do agree with other posters that you have to have a plan inplace incase the DTIC does not work.  Continue on what your doing but also make an appointment with another Dr. at the same time and get his options.  If you willing to travel look into arrangements now so it would only be a simple phone call to activate your next plan of action.   Everytime you get a scan, ask for a cd copy of it as well as the written report.  Organize now, to help you fight later!! 

      Use the chat group when really feeling alone or pick a few people you can relate to and e-mail them. Someone will respond. It's amazing how much it helps to have someone be your e-mail confident through out all of this.

      Wishing you the best,


      Stage IV NED 1 year (pending results of fna this afternoon)

    About the MRF Patient Forum

    The MRF Patient Forum is the oldest and largest online community of people affected by melanoma. It is designed to provide peer support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. There is no better place to discuss different parts of your journey with this cancer and find the friends and support resources to make that journey more bearable.

    The information on the forum is open and accessible to everyone. To add a new topic or to post a reply, you must be a registered user. Please note that you will be able to post both topics and replies anonymously even though you are logged in. All posts must abide by MRF posting policies.