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    KAF
    Participant

      Hi all

      shortly after I started ipi/nivo I noticed my eyebrows turning white.  This was in June

      Now all the hair on my body is pure white – head, eyelashes, arms, legs, etc…  not a drop of color at all. I don't seem to have any skin discoloration at all.

      My scans in October were great and I am currently on Nivo only maintenance.

      My question is – has anyone else had this happen to them and then have the hair color come back or will mine stay white permanently?

      thanks

      karen

       

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        sweetaugust
        Participant

          Hi Karen, 

          I've been on Keytruda for 4 years and have had no evidence of melanoma for the last 2.5 of those years.  I too developed vitiligo early on in my treatment and my doctors at Dana Farber said that it shows that the drug is working.  They said that those patients that developed vitiligo tended to show that the drug was working for them.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

          All my best,  Laurie

          sweetaugust
          Participant

            Hi Karen, 

            I've been on Keytruda for 4 years and have had no evidence of melanoma for the last 2.5 of those years.  I too developed vitiligo early on in my treatment and my doctors at Dana Farber said that it shows that the drug is working.  They said that those patients that developed vitiligo tended to show that the drug was working for them.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

            All my best,  Laurie

            sweetaugust
            Participant

              Hi Karen, 

              I've been on Keytruda for 4 years and have had no evidence of melanoma for the last 2.5 of those years.  I too developed vitiligo early on in my treatment and my doctors at Dana Farber said that it shows that the drug is working.  They said that those patients that developed vitiligo tended to show that the drug was working for them.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

              All my best,  Laurie

              Bubbles
              Participant

                Here is a post (with many reports/links within) that might interest you covering vitiligo….it's positive prognostic indications, incidence and more…

                http://chaoticallypreciselifeloveandmelanoma.blogspot.com/2016/09/all-things-vitiligo.html

                I developed vitiligo after Stage IV melanoma while being treated with nivo in a phase 1 trial in 2010. I still have vitiligo…but I remain NED. I wish you well. Celeste

                  KAF
                  Participant

                    Thanks for the responses.

                    I am currently NED so the treatment definitely did work for me so the vitiligo theory did ring true in my case.

                    What I wasn't sure about is if any hair color would return or will i always have white hair.  I know that hair color is insignificant in comparison to cancer but I am just curious…

                     

                    thanks

                    karen

                    corgimom
                    Participant

                      Hi, I had the same response to the combo ipi/PD1–became NED, but I lost all the hair color on my body.

                      I've been NED now for two years, but the color has never returned. Everyone's reaction is different, of course, but mine never did. As you say, insignificant compared to Stage IV……

                      corgimom
                      Participant

                        Hi, I had the same response to the combo ipi/PD1–became NED, but I lost all the hair color on my body.

                        I've been NED now for two years, but the color has never returned. Everyone's reaction is different, of course, but mine never did. As you say, insignificant compared to Stage IV……

                        corgimom
                        Participant

                          Hi, I had the same response to the combo ipi/PD1–became NED, but I lost all the hair color on my body.

                          I've been NED now for two years, but the color has never returned. Everyone's reaction is different, of course, but mine never did. As you say, insignificant compared to Stage IV……

                          KAF
                          Participant

                            Thanks for the responses.

                            I am currently NED so the treatment definitely did work for me so the vitiligo theory did ring true in my case.

                            What I wasn't sure about is if any hair color would return or will i always have white hair.  I know that hair color is insignificant in comparison to cancer but I am just curious…

                             

                            thanks

                            karen

                            KAF
                            Participant

                              Thanks for the responses.

                              I am currently NED so the treatment definitely did work for me so the vitiligo theory did ring true in my case.

                              What I wasn't sure about is if any hair color would return or will i always have white hair.  I know that hair color is insignificant in comparison to cancer but I am just curious…

                               

                              thanks

                              karen

                            Bubbles
                            Participant

                              Here is a post (with many reports/links within) that might interest you covering vitiligo….it's positive prognostic indications, incidence and more…

                              http://chaoticallypreciselifeloveandmelanoma.blogspot.com/2016/09/all-things-vitiligo.html

                              I developed vitiligo after Stage IV melanoma while being treated with nivo in a phase 1 trial in 2010. I still have vitiligo…but I remain NED. I wish you well. Celeste

                              Bubbles
                              Participant

                                Here is a post (with many reports/links within) that might interest you covering vitiligo….it's positive prognostic indications, incidence and more…

                                http://chaoticallypreciselifeloveandmelanoma.blogspot.com/2016/09/all-things-vitiligo.html

                                I developed vitiligo after Stage IV melanoma while being treated with nivo in a phase 1 trial in 2010. I still have vitiligo…but I remain NED. I wish you well. Celeste

                                Hukill
                                Participant

                                  I have vitiligo on both arms, started about 4 weeks ago. I get my 4th nivo only dose friday then I should go on the ipi/nivo maintanance every 90 days until 10/2018. I haven't noticed any change in hair color. I enjoy the mild side effects as I know my body is reacting to the drugs and therefore killing the cancer also. I am glad I don't have to worry if the drugs are working or not as I know they are as long as I continue to have side effects, especially new ones. I have had a dry mouth for about 9 weeks now and after my last nivo dose I would get a severe pain shoot up my right jaw thru my ear into my head on about the 3rd chew of food. I guess that my salava gland on that side was effected more after the treatment. The pain lasted for about 6 days and has gone away. My onocologist told me vitiligo was a side effect but not very common but in the last several days there has been more postings regarding vitiligo.

                                  Hukill
                                  Participant

                                    I have vitiligo on both arms, started about 4 weeks ago. I get my 4th nivo only dose friday then I should go on the ipi/nivo maintanance every 90 days until 10/2018. I haven't noticed any change in hair color. I enjoy the mild side effects as I know my body is reacting to the drugs and therefore killing the cancer also. I am glad I don't have to worry if the drugs are working or not as I know they are as long as I continue to have side effects, especially new ones. I have had a dry mouth for about 9 weeks now and after my last nivo dose I would get a severe pain shoot up my right jaw thru my ear into my head on about the 3rd chew of food. I guess that my salava gland on that side was effected more after the treatment. The pain lasted for about 6 days and has gone away. My onocologist told me vitiligo was a side effect but not very common but in the last several days there has been more postings regarding vitiligo.

                                    Hukill
                                    Participant

                                      I have vitiligo on both arms, started about 4 weeks ago. I get my 4th nivo only dose friday then I should go on the ipi/nivo maintanance every 90 days until 10/2018. I haven't noticed any change in hair color. I enjoy the mild side effects as I know my body is reacting to the drugs and therefore killing the cancer also. I am glad I don't have to worry if the drugs are working or not as I know they are as long as I continue to have side effects, especially new ones. I have had a dry mouth for about 9 weeks now and after my last nivo dose I would get a severe pain shoot up my right jaw thru my ear into my head on about the 3rd chew of food. I guess that my salava gland on that side was effected more after the treatment. The pain lasted for about 6 days and has gone away. My onocologist told me vitiligo was a side effect but not very common but in the last several days there has been more postings regarding vitiligo.

                                      Gene_S
                                      Participant

                                        My husband had the Ipi/ GMCSF combo started it in Mar. 2011 and has been NED for almost 4.5 years and he has vitiligo on the face and neck.  His eyebrows and beard are almost all white but it never affected the hair on his head.  The white shows no sign of changing back.

                                        Judy (loving wife of Gene Stage IV and now NED for almosst 4.5 years.

                                         

                                        Gene_S
                                        Participant

                                          My husband had the Ipi/ GMCSF combo started it in Mar. 2011 and has been NED for almost 4.5 years and he has vitiligo on the face and neck.  His eyebrows and beard are almost all white but it never affected the hair on his head.  The white shows no sign of changing back.

                                          Judy (loving wife of Gene Stage IV and now NED for almosst 4.5 years.

                                           

                                          Gene_S
                                          Participant

                                            My husband had the Ipi/ GMCSF combo started it in Mar. 2011 and has been NED for almost 4.5 years and he has vitiligo on the face and neck.  His eyebrows and beard are almost all white but it never affected the hair on his head.  The white shows no sign of changing back.

                                            Judy (loving wife of Gene Stage IV and now NED for almosst 4.5 years.

                                             

                                            Hukill
                                            Participant

                                              WOW!!! Just reviewed the website and it made my day and I am so happy I have vitiligo!!!!!

                                              Hukill
                                              Participant

                                                WOW!!! Just reviewed the website and it made my day and I am so happy I have vitiligo!!!!!

                                                Hukill
                                                Participant

                                                  WOW!!! Just reviewed the website and it made my day and I am so happy I have vitiligo!!!!!

                                                  ed williams
                                                  Participant

                                                    Hi Karen, just to add to what has already been given is a video o  Dr. Weber, go to the 31min mark and I also developed white paches on my hands, arms and legs. Best Wishes!!!!Ed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysbSCeqJpq0

                                                    ed williams
                                                    Participant

                                                      Hi Karen, just to add to what has already been given is a video o  Dr. Weber, go to the 31min mark and I also developed white paches on my hands, arms and legs. Best Wishes!!!!Ed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysbSCeqJpq0

                                                      ed williams
                                                      Participant

                                                        Hi Karen, just to add to what has already been given is a video o  Dr. Weber, go to the 31min mark and I also developed white paches on my hands, arms and legs. Best Wishes!!!!Ed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysbSCeqJpq0

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