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    Ann from Iowa
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      Is it possible for melanoma to spread from one part of the body to the eyelid?

      Is it possible for melanoma to spread from one part of the body to the eyelid?

      My husband is Stage IIIB and had recurrance to one lymphnode in axilla area two years ago, a 5 cm. node with extranodal extension.  No problems since but also has a condition called LyP which comes and goes.  About 3 weeks ago he got a nodule on his eyelid  which he assumed was a stye but it did not hurt but has not gone away.  He now has another in the other eye on the eyelid.  He went to his local eye Dr., only a Dr. for glasses. and he said it could be a Chalazia which is a fancy word for eyelid infection.  He put him on an antiobiotic and he will go back in two weeks.  The nodules are hard and do not hurt.  Just wondering if he is o.k. to wait until his regularly scheduled appt. with oncologist at the end of March to check this out if it does not resolve with the antiobiotic.  From reading about the LyP condition it sounds also like you can get lymphoma of the eyelid too.  We are not really too worried about this at this point but was just wondering if melanoma can spread to the eyelids or if anyone has had any experience with this.  Thanks for your help.   

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        Jenjen
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          Hi ,

           

          I am pretty sure it is possible for melanoma to spread to the eyelid but it could be a chalazian. I am stage 3 a and last month i devloped a painless nodule in my right eyelid. I was scared it was melanoma , was referred to an eye doctor who speicalized in chalazians. He looked at my eye and said he was 90 percent sure it was this. He said antibiotics do not help. Chalazions go away by themselves but can take up to a year. He gave me steroid eye drops that he said to only use for 2 weeks or so adn this could make it go away. He also scheduled a mini surgery for a month from now to cut it out if it doesnt go away. He schedules it a month out because usually they go away on their own. I've been using the drops now for a week and it is getting smaller. I still freak out that it coudl be melanoma but he said chalazions are pretty common and melanoma wouldnt get smaller. I am about 2.5 years out from my original stage 3 melanoma diagnosis. Keep us posted!

           

          Jenjen

            Ann from Iowa
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              Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the eyelid problem.  Sounds like exactly the same thing.

              I am sure this is an extremely common condition but strange you can go your whole life with never a problem such as this but once you have a serious disease like melanoma it pops up.  Nothing to do with it but both of you have it.  Just a coincidence for sure. Strange that the Dr.  put him on an antiobiotic along with the steroid drops.  Oh well, guess it won't hurt a thing.    Dennis had leukine treatments for a year and radiation to the underarm area and other than lymphedema has just gotten along great.   Will be glad when this eyelid situation clears up.  As I said, we were not too worried about it but it is always in the back of your mind.  Human nature I guess.    Again, thanks. 

              Ann from Iowa
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                Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the eyelid problem.  Sounds like exactly the same thing.

                I am sure this is an extremely common condition but strange you can go your whole life with never a problem such as this but once you have a serious disease like melanoma it pops up.  Nothing to do with it but both of you have it.  Just a coincidence for sure. Strange that the Dr.  put him on an antiobiotic along with the steroid drops.  Oh well, guess it won't hurt a thing.    Dennis had leukine treatments for a year and radiation to the underarm area and other than lymphedema has just gotten along great.   Will be glad when this eyelid situation clears up.  As I said, we were not too worried about it but it is always in the back of your mind.  Human nature I guess.    Again, thanks. 

                Ann from Iowa
                Participant

                  Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the eyelid problem.  Sounds like exactly the same thing.

                  I am sure this is an extremely common condition but strange you can go your whole life with never a problem such as this but once you have a serious disease like melanoma it pops up.  Nothing to do with it but both of you have it.  Just a coincidence for sure. Strange that the Dr.  put him on an antiobiotic along with the steroid drops.  Oh well, guess it won't hurt a thing.    Dennis had leukine treatments for a year and radiation to the underarm area and other than lymphedema has just gotten along great.   Will be glad when this eyelid situation clears up.  As I said, we were not too worried about it but it is always in the back of your mind.  Human nature I guess.    Again, thanks. 

                Jenjen
                Participant

                  Hi ,

                   

                  I am pretty sure it is possible for melanoma to spread to the eyelid but it could be a chalazian. I am stage 3 a and last month i devloped a painless nodule in my right eyelid. I was scared it was melanoma , was referred to an eye doctor who speicalized in chalazians. He looked at my eye and said he was 90 percent sure it was this. He said antibiotics do not help. Chalazions go away by themselves but can take up to a year. He gave me steroid eye drops that he said to only use for 2 weeks or so adn this could make it go away. He also scheduled a mini surgery for a month from now to cut it out if it doesnt go away. He schedules it a month out because usually they go away on their own. I've been using the drops now for a week and it is getting smaller. I still freak out that it coudl be melanoma but he said chalazions are pretty common and melanoma wouldnt get smaller. I am about 2.5 years out from my original stage 3 melanoma diagnosis. Keep us posted!

                   

                  Jenjen

                  Jenjen
                  Participant

                    Hi ,

                     

                    I am pretty sure it is possible for melanoma to spread to the eyelid but it could be a chalazian. I am stage 3 a and last month i devloped a painless nodule in my right eyelid. I was scared it was melanoma , was referred to an eye doctor who speicalized in chalazians. He looked at my eye and said he was 90 percent sure it was this. He said antibiotics do not help. Chalazions go away by themselves but can take up to a year. He gave me steroid eye drops that he said to only use for 2 weeks or so adn this could make it go away. He also scheduled a mini surgery for a month from now to cut it out if it doesnt go away. He schedules it a month out because usually they go away on their own. I've been using the drops now for a week and it is getting smaller. I still freak out that it coudl be melanoma but he said chalazions are pretty common and melanoma wouldnt get smaller. I am about 2.5 years out from my original stage 3 melanoma diagnosis. Keep us posted!

                     

                    Jenjen

                    JerryfromFauq
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                      Great to see JenJen posting.  (Hello Beautiful).

                      My middle dau had a Chalazion (meibomian cysts) that did ot respond to any treatment so they operated to remove i t.   (This was before she won the Jr. Miss title for our county.)  She has had no more problems in  that area sinc then.

                      JerryfromFauq
                      Participant

                        Great to see JenJen posting.  (Hello Beautiful).

                        My middle dau had a Chalazion (meibomian cysts) that did ot respond to any treatment so they operated to remove i t.   (This was before she won the Jr. Miss title for our county.)  She has had no more problems in  that area sinc then.

                        JerryfromFauq
                        Participant

                          Great to see JenJen posting.  (Hello Beautiful).

                          My middle dau had a Chalazion (meibomian cysts) that did ot respond to any treatment so they operated to remove i t.   (This was before she won the Jr. Miss title for our county.)  She has had no more problems in  that area sinc then.

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