swissieParticipantVery positive story
- February 27, 2020 at 7:41 am
My history: 1992 first melanoma (thrick but I don’t know the details)
2008 second melanoma (1.1 mm)
SLN showed something, the doctors were not sure if it was melanoma or a normal naevi, they decided it was normal.
2009 spread to the lymph nodes (with spreading in surrounding fat tissue).
2009, Participated in a double-blind trial with 10 mg/kg ipi, however I was in the placebo group.
So basically, I am an untreated Stage IIIb patient without recurrences.
Since that time I never got any recurrence or new primaries.
I had a couple of scares (I still hate waiting) but all results came back clear.
The last scan was in 2016 (as final part of the trial).
Currently I only have my yearly skin review.
I try to enjoy life as much as I can. I try to be positive and surround myself with positive people. If someone drains my energy, I tend to only meet that person when I really need to. Or I meet a good friend afterwards to give me back my energy.
tkossParticipantdid anyone ever or ever try to explain why you cancer went away? SABKIN posted about a 5 year remission after LN removed, but didn’ t say if they received any drug therapy.
- February 28, 2020 at 1:28 pm
I was wondering about stage 3 folks who found cancer in LN but didn’t develop further cancer. in my case after a stage 1 mole, they found a stage 3c moles(moved into lymph nodes) and now found another pre-cancerous mole. I am on nivo only. so I am wondering if it is really simply an issue of excising mole before it moves into the lymphatic system to be enough preventative therapy.
- February 29, 2020 at 10:32 pm
I had no other therapies aside from a Phase I clinical study involving modification of dendritic cells that were harvested and injected back into me 6 times over a 12 week period. Nothing was available at that time other than interferon, which I declined to take after reading about the general lack of efficacy of that therapy. I don’t know why specifically I had no recurrence to date. A 3a diagnosis has a fairly high 5 year survival rate (north of 65%) and a ten year survival rate fairly close to that. I have to assume I just (so far) have fallen into the right side of the survivability equation.
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