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Vacation to sunny destinations, Carribean cruise

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    Vitashka
    Participant

      Hello,

      i was diagnosed with melanoma 2 month ago. Mole has been removed. Test showed that removed on time, just need to remove more tissue around, so I had another removal 3 weeks ago. 

      I have planned vacation to Carribean (cruise) and now need to quickly cancel or go. And my doctor is away on vacation, so cannot ask him. Trip is in 3 weeks, so 6 weeks since last cut.

      please advise if it is ok to go or need to Waite some time or never go to sunny destinations!

      thank you in advance

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        POW
        Participant

          BRAF inhibitors like Zelboraf make you extremely sensitive to sunburn and you would probably be well advised not to plan vacations in suny climes if you were taking Zelboraf. But since you are not on any BRAF inhibitors, there is no reason for you to cancel your vacation.

          What you need to do– what we all need to do– is be sure you practice "sun safety" for the rest of your life. Always wear strong sunscreen (SPF 45 or above), wear a broad-brimmed hat, and don't stay in the sun too long. You should also get in the habit of checking yourself regularly for moles or freckles that change– get bigger, change shape or color, start to itch or bleed, etc.

          If you do those things, you should be fine. Have a great trip!

            Erinmay22
            Participant

              It's ok to go to sunny destinations!  Just be smart about it.  I once spent 3 days sea kayaking in the bay of Thailand not long after my diagnosis.  I almost had a major panic attack the night before!  But with plenty of sun screen, sun shirts, hats, etc I managed to spend 3 days and not get any sunburn.  I did get made fun of for having the largest wide brim hat! but that's ok…  

               

              Good luck!

              Jahendry12
              Participant

                I agree with POW & Erinmay22 – be safe in the sun & have fun! 

                 

                Jahendry12
                Participant

                  I agree with POW & Erinmay22 – be safe in the sun & have fun! 

                   

                  Jahendry12
                  Participant

                    I agree with POW & Erinmay22 – be safe in the sun & have fun! 

                     

                    Erinmay22
                    Participant

                      It's ok to go to sunny destinations!  Just be smart about it.  I once spent 3 days sea kayaking in the bay of Thailand not long after my diagnosis.  I almost had a major panic attack the night before!  But with plenty of sun screen, sun shirts, hats, etc I managed to spend 3 days and not get any sunburn.  I did get made fun of for having the largest wide brim hat! but that's ok…  

                       

                      Good luck!

                      Erinmay22
                      Participant

                        It's ok to go to sunny destinations!  Just be smart about it.  I once spent 3 days sea kayaking in the bay of Thailand not long after my diagnosis.  I almost had a major panic attack the night before!  But with plenty of sun screen, sun shirts, hats, etc I managed to spend 3 days and not get any sunburn.  I did get made fun of for having the largest wide brim hat! but that's ok…  

                         

                        Good luck!

                      POW
                      Participant

                        BRAF inhibitors like Zelboraf make you extremely sensitive to sunburn and you would probably be well advised not to plan vacations in suny climes if you were taking Zelboraf. But since you are not on any BRAF inhibitors, there is no reason for you to cancel your vacation.

                        What you need to do– what we all need to do– is be sure you practice "sun safety" for the rest of your life. Always wear strong sunscreen (SPF 45 or above), wear a broad-brimmed hat, and don't stay in the sun too long. You should also get in the habit of checking yourself regularly for moles or freckles that change– get bigger, change shape or color, start to itch or bleed, etc.

                        If you do those things, you should be fine. Have a great trip!

                        POW
                        Participant

                          BRAF inhibitors like Zelboraf make you extremely sensitive to sunburn and you would probably be well advised not to plan vacations in suny climes if you were taking Zelboraf. But since you are not on any BRAF inhibitors, there is no reason for you to cancel your vacation.

                          What you need to do– what we all need to do– is be sure you practice "sun safety" for the rest of your life. Always wear strong sunscreen (SPF 45 or above), wear a broad-brimmed hat, and don't stay in the sun too long. You should also get in the habit of checking yourself regularly for moles or freckles that change– get bigger, change shape or color, start to itch or bleed, etc.

                          If you do those things, you should be fine. Have a great trip!

                          Janner
                          Participant

                            I don't ever let melanoma change anything I want to do in life – if I do, then melanoma wins.  The key is to do that stuff "smarter".  So use sunblock or cover up more, hats, avoid the worst of the sun hours if it can be done… then LIVE LIFE!

                              mitchwendy
                              Participant

                                I had mine removed and biopsy in the lymph nodes done… guess what… my cruise is in April!

                                Still going! Just be smart (tips above) and enjoy life!

                                wink

                                mitchwendy
                                Participant

                                  I had mine removed and biopsy in the lymph nodes done… guess what… my cruise is in April!

                                  Still going! Just be smart (tips above) and enjoy life!

                                  wink

                                  mitchwendy
                                  Participant

                                    I had mine removed and biopsy in the lymph nodes done… guess what… my cruise is in April!

                                    Still going! Just be smart (tips above) and enjoy life!

                                    wink

                                  Janner
                                  Participant

                                    I don't ever let melanoma change anything I want to do in life – if I do, then melanoma wins.  The key is to do that stuff "smarter".  So use sunblock or cover up more, hats, avoid the worst of the sun hours if it can be done… then LIVE LIFE!

                                    Janner
                                    Participant

                                      I don't ever let melanoma change anything I want to do in life – if I do, then melanoma wins.  The key is to do that stuff "smarter".  So use sunblock or cover up more, hats, avoid the worst of the sun hours if it can be done… then LIVE LIFE!

                                      Gene_S
                                      Participant

                                        Hi,

                                        By no means does this mean you should cancel your cruise.  We just came back from a beautiful 7 day cruise and got a little sun each day.  We did not get burned but the best way to get Vitamin D3 is from the sun.

                                        So go, have fun but be sun smart.  No sunburns but some sun won't hurt you as long as you are not in it long enough to burn.

                                        Judy (loving wife of Gene Stage IV and now NED)

                                        Gene_S
                                        Participant

                                          Hi,

                                          By no means does this mean you should cancel your cruise.  We just came back from a beautiful 7 day cruise and got a little sun each day.  We did not get burned but the best way to get Vitamin D3 is from the sun.

                                          So go, have fun but be sun smart.  No sunburns but some sun won't hurt you as long as you are not in it long enough to burn.

                                          Judy (loving wife of Gene Stage IV and now NED)

                                          Gene_S
                                          Participant

                                            Hi,

                                            By no means does this mean you should cancel your cruise.  We just came back from a beautiful 7 day cruise and got a little sun each day.  We did not get burned but the best way to get Vitamin D3 is from the sun.

                                            So go, have fun but be sun smart.  No sunburns but some sun won't hurt you as long as you are not in it long enough to burn.

                                            Judy (loving wife of Gene Stage IV and now NED)

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