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    MRFUser2011
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      I keep reading in people's post about annual blood tests (and it sounds as if this is the only follow up for some even at Stage III).  I am wondering if there are specialized blood tests that can detect melanoma?  All I have ever had is a typical blood panel at my oncologist's office.  Thanks for any info.

      Shari

      I keep reading in people's post about annual blood tests (and it sounds as if this is the only follow up for some even at Stage III).  I am wondering if there are specialized blood tests that can detect melanoma?  All I have ever had is a typical blood panel at my oncologist's office.  Thanks for any info.

      Shari

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        Phil S
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          I have also wondered about this question of blood tests, so I am interested in others feedback.  My husband gets scanned (MRI, PET,CAT) regularly as his only method for detecting if melanoma has returned.  While my husband's case is unique, he had anal muscosal melanoma, he currently is NED.  I did a little investigating and found that most people are talking about the LDH blood test, and there also appears to be a more reliable blood test, S-100B.  You can look both these tests up on your computer, for details on what they detect.  My husband goes to Dana Farber and they don't feel any blood test currently available is going to detect melanoma to the extent of his scans, so we go with scanning.  However, I hope accurate blood testing just for melanoma is in the near future.  I would love to hear from others on their doctor's perspective on this matter.  Valerie (Phil's wife)

          Phil S
          Participant

            I have also wondered about this question of blood tests, so I am interested in others feedback.  My husband gets scanned (MRI, PET,CAT) regularly as his only method for detecting if melanoma has returned.  While my husband's case is unique, he had anal muscosal melanoma, he currently is NED.  I did a little investigating and found that most people are talking about the LDH blood test, and there also appears to be a more reliable blood test, S-100B.  You can look both these tests up on your computer, for details on what they detect.  My husband goes to Dana Farber and they don't feel any blood test currently available is going to detect melanoma to the extent of his scans, so we go with scanning.  However, I hope accurate blood testing just for melanoma is in the near future.  I would love to hear from others on their doctor's perspective on this matter.  Valerie (Phil's wife)

              MRFUser2011
              Participant

                Thanks Valerie.  I am going to JWCI on Monday for surgical consult.  I am going to ask about this while I am there.  

                Shari

                MRFUser2011
                Participant

                  Thanks Valerie.  I am going to JWCI on Monday for surgical consult.  I am going to ask about this while I am there.  

                  Shari

                Jerry from Cape Cod
                Participant

                  The blood tests are just one of the tools that the doctors check to make sure that your "systems" are okay.  In a quick snapshot they might indicate areas of concern.   It really depends on the doctors and patients as to what followup is done and the other factor is how many years NED.

                  The scans are also nothing more than a diagnostic tool as no current scan can say what is or isn't melanoma or any other cancer.  For that they use the biopsy, history and their own experience to work with you.

                  I just had a hunk of lung removed for biopsy because it was a lesion that wasn't acting right (like melanoma)  wasn't responding when all others in my body have.  It was close to an airway so the surgeon was able to do a rigid tube Brocoscope and get 2/3rds of the little bastard.  Unfortunately the rest of it was in an area too dangerous for this technique.  But I do have nice full color phots of it… smiley

                  So now it's wait for the biopsy to see what this is or isn't. 

                  Jerry from Cape Cod

                   

                  Jerry from Cape Cod
                  Participant

                    The blood tests are just one of the tools that the doctors check to make sure that your "systems" are okay.  In a quick snapshot they might indicate areas of concern.   It really depends on the doctors and patients as to what followup is done and the other factor is how many years NED.

                    The scans are also nothing more than a diagnostic tool as no current scan can say what is or isn't melanoma or any other cancer.  For that they use the biopsy, history and their own experience to work with you.

                    I just had a hunk of lung removed for biopsy because it was a lesion that wasn't acting right (like melanoma)  wasn't responding when all others in my body have.  It was close to an airway so the surgeon was able to do a rigid tube Brocoscope and get 2/3rds of the little bastard.  Unfortunately the rest of it was in an area too dangerous for this technique.  But I do have nice full color phots of it… smiley

                    So now it's wait for the biopsy to see what this is or isn't. 

                    Jerry from Cape Cod

                     

                      MRFUser2011
                      Participant

                        Jerry, thanks for your info.  I am actually on hold with my surgeon right now and he is going to send me to see a medical oncologist at Angeles Clinic to give me the opinion of another melanoma specialist.  This community here at MRF has been amazingly supportive.

                        I hope things go well for you.

                        Shari

                        MRFUser2011
                        Participant

                          Jerry, thanks for your info.  I am actually on hold with my surgeon right now and he is going to send me to see a medical oncologist at Angeles Clinic to give me the opinion of another melanoma specialist.  This community here at MRF has been amazingly supportive.

                          I hope things go well for you.

                          Shari

                          Rocco
                          Participant
                            Clinical Trial ParticipantNED

                            Hi Jerry,

                            Sorry to hear about this latest lung biopsy.  Did the legion just start appearing on your scans post-Ipi or what?  Prayers sent your way…

                            Hang in there! 

                            Rocco – Stage IV

                            Rocco
                            Participant
                              Clinical Trial ParticipantNED

                              Hi Jerry,

                              Sorry to hear about this latest lung biopsy.  Did the legion just start appearing on your scans post-Ipi or what?  Prayers sent your way…

                              Hang in there! 

                              Rocco – Stage IV

                              Nancylee
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                                Lets see your pictures!!!
                                Nancylee
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                                  Lets see your pictures!!!
                                  Nancylee
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                                    Lets see your pictures!!!
                                  LynnLuc
                                  Participant

                                    My doc at Moffitt tests for LDH at every blood draw as did my doc's at Mayo Clinic…my onc at Bismarck did not…not sure why they do it or didn't do it… My LDH sits around the bottom of 300…this week its 330. II have read it can change with illness, vitamins, surgery etc soI don't see how reliable it can possibly be….a plain definition of it I found –

                                    Guide to the LDH Test for Melanoma

                                    What You Need to Know About LDH for the Diagnosis of Melanoma Metastases

                                    http://skincancer.about.com/od/diagnosis/a/LDH.htm

                                    LynnLuc
                                    Participant

                                      My doc at Moffitt tests for LDH at every blood draw as did my doc's at Mayo Clinic…my onc at Bismarck did not…not sure why they do it or didn't do it… My LDH sits around the bottom of 300…this week its 330. II have read it can change with illness, vitamins, surgery etc soI don't see how reliable it can possibly be….a plain definition of it I found –

                                      Guide to the LDH Test for Melanoma

                                      What You Need to Know About LDH for the Diagnosis of Melanoma Metastases

                                      http://skincancer.about.com/od/diagnosis/a/LDH.htm

                                        LynnLuc
                                        Participant

                                          PS The normal ref range is 313-618 U/L on my copy of my blood work…

                                          LynnLuc
                                          Participant

                                            PS The normal ref range is 313-618 U/L on my copy of my blood work…

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