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    awg
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    Diaganosed in April 2011.

    Had surgical excison of site w/clean margins. Sne. Node mapping reveiled 1 or 4  pelvic nodes removed to be positive (superficial node, deep was neg). The plan is a suprficial node dissection (open extraction) on positive side w/ high dose Interferon infusion for 30 days and 3 day per week injection to follow.

    My questions is has any had node dissection with robitic assistance vs open method, if so at what facility?

     

    Diaganosed in April 2011.

    Had surgical excison of site w/clean margins. Sne. Node mapping reveiled 1 or 4  pelvic nodes removed to be positive (superficial node, deep was neg). The plan is a suprficial node dissection (open extraction) on positive side w/ high dose Interferon infusion for 30 days and 3 day per week injection to follow.

    My questions is has any had node dissection with robitic assistance vs open method, if so at what facility?

     

    In my research the Robotic surgery looks like a much less invasive approach. I am not worried abot scars, but I am looking for a lower infection rate and faster recovery so I may begin Interferon sooner.

     

    Thank you All and my prayers are with each and everyone!

     

     

     

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      awg
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      Error on last post it was 1 of 4 nodes…

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      awg
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      Error on last post it was 1 of 4 nodes…

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      King
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      awg,

      I had a groin lymph node dissection (open method) in 2004 followed by the 52 weeks of Interferon.  I wanted to suggest that you might want to repost with the topic "Robotic Assisted Surgery" or something similar to catch the attention of those that are just scanning the Board.  I don't recall reading of anyone having their lymph node dissection done this way but there certainly could be some out there.  Many surgeries are becoming less invasive.

       

      Stay Strong

      King

      Stage IV  7/05 Liver mets

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        awg
        Participant

        Thank you King and Best Wishes.

         

        awg

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        awg
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        Thank you King and Best Wishes.

         

        awg

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      King
      Participant

      awg,

      I had a groin lymph node dissection (open method) in 2004 followed by the 52 weeks of Interferon.  I wanted to suggest that you might want to repost with the topic "Robotic Assisted Surgery" or something similar to catch the attention of those that are just scanning the Board.  I don't recall reading of anyone having their lymph node dissection done this way but there certainly could be some out there.  Many surgeries are becoming less invasive.

       

      Stay Strong

      King

      Stage IV  7/05 Liver mets

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      CKasper
      Participant

      Yes Please start your Interferon Therapy sooner….its such a godsend, I mean who wants to be absolutely miserable for 12 months only for the disease to return.

       

      Bad Interferon Experience.

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      CKasper
      Participant

      Yes Please start your Interferon Therapy sooner….its such a godsend, I mean who wants to be absolutely miserable for 12 months only for the disease to return.

       

      Bad Interferon Experience.

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        awg
        Participant

        I am sorry that your experience was so bad on the therapy and that from what I can tell by your response the Melanoma returned.

        I am very aware that the Interferon is a terrible experience so I really do not look forward to starting.

        I am aware that it does have a positive impact in some cases,and the sooner you start may play a role in the overall outcome, depending on which study you read.

        I want to give myself the best chances available.

        I wish you well in your fight.

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        awg
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        I am sorry that your experience was so bad on the therapy and that from what I can tell by your response the Melanoma returned.

        I am very aware that the Interferon is a terrible experience so I really do not look forward to starting.

        I am aware that it does have a positive impact in some cases,and the sooner you start may play a role in the overall outcome, depending on which study you read.

        I want to give myself the best chances available.

        I wish you well in your fight.

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