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      If you saw my post yesterday than you know that my husband's oncologist was full of hope yesterday. Dick has been battling stage 4 melanoma since 2002. He has been NED since his last surgery in 6/2006. When we first learned he had stage 4, the oncologist offered almost no hope. Dick did get in one of the first trials for Ipi. It was called anti ctla4 back then. Our oncologist yesterday told us of the results of the exciting drup. He also spoke of new methods to target melanoma tumors. All in all, chances of survival are much greater today than 8 years ago. Go to a melanoma specialist. Don't go anywhere else. The people on this board will tell you where the best ones are. They are extrememly helpful. Hang in there and have a lot of hope.


      Joyce from MA (formerely Dick's wife)

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