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Old 12-22-2019, 11:39 AM
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So after a really horrible few months things got topped off on Friday when I was diagnosed with melanoma. I go the the cancer center tomorrow for more testing etc but Iím devastated. I turn 45 on Thursday. My youngest child is only 8. In my head Iím already trying to figure out how to say goodbye. Does anyone have any experience with melanoma thatís relatively positive?


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Old 12-22-2019, 11:40 AM
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But sending up prayers for your good health.
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:51 AM
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but I'll be praying for you.
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:52 AM
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Does anyone have any experience with melanoma that’s relatively positive?
My sister-in-law was diagnosed 5 years ago with melanoma that had metastasized, she had targeted chemo therapy which was successful, and is currently happily traveling the world again. Wishing you the best outcome as well.

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Old 12-22-2019, 12:16 PM
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My friend's daughter had a melanoma spot on her back removed. She was fine, and last year traveled the world with her husband and two sons.


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Old 12-22-2019, 12:36 PM
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I am sending you positive thoughts and a big hug.
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Old 12-22-2019, 12:50 PM
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Had a spot removed years ago.
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Old 12-22-2019, 12:57 PM
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My Dad had a melanoma removed 15 years ago. He's fine, and 83 years old now. Melanoma is very treatable, especially if caught early.

Prayers for you, and please update us after your testing. I know the waiting is pure torture. Hugs.
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Old 12-22-2019, 01:18 PM
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No experience or advice just prayers and well wishes.

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Old 12-22-2019, 01:24 PM
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Iíve had it twice. Once at 23 and once at 41. The first time required an initial biopsy and then two surgeries to remove the cancer. The first excision was done by a dermatologist in her office. The second was done at a cancer center by a surgeon. I did not need chemo. The second melanoma was removed this past summer. I had the biopsy and then one surgical excision at an outpatient clinic. I go to the dermatologist every 3-4 months and have biopsies done almost every visit. I was fortunate that both of mine were found early.


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Old 12-22-2019, 01:26 PM
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A friend of my sisterís - she had melanoma removed a couple of years ago. They removed tissue until they got clear margins (I think thatís what itís called). No further treatment, and sheís living a happy life now. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 12-22-2019, 01:32 PM
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had melanoma and was successfully treated for it. He did have lymph nodes removed, but he is doing well and is happily living life.
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Old 12-22-2019, 02:12 PM
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No personal experience, but just wanted to send positive thoughts your way! Praying you get good results from your testing and that it can be treated easily!
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Old 12-22-2019, 02:55 PM
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I had melanoma in 2001. The spot was removed in the dermatologist office and biopsied. After the biopsy came back as melanoma, I had a surgical oncologist do a wide excision and a sentinel lymph node biopsy. Luckily, the lymph node came back clear and I needed no further treatment.

Don't panic. Stop planning your funeral. (That's what my primary care doctor told me after diagnosis.) There is much better treatment now than when I was diagnosed. Jimmy Carter is still doing fine (melanoma wise) and it had spread to his brain.
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:22 PM
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No experience with this, but sending positive thoughts.
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:24 PM
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No experience with it, but I am sending you positive thoughts and hope that you can find some peace with the experiences others have shared with you.
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:55 PM
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No experience but I will say try not to panic. The previous posters have given you many reasons for hopeful thinking. Positive thoughts sent your way.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:19 PM
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Sending prayers for a healthy recovery.
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:26 PM
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My dad has spots of it on his head. He gets them cut on several times a year and continues on. My dh's grandma had it on her face and had to have a very deep and large portion of her cheek cut on. She received radiation treatment as well. She lived for several years with no problems, he death was from old age.
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Much depends on the size, location, and
Old 12-22-2019, 04:50 PM
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depth of the melanoma. Often, if it is under a certain thickness, they can remove it completely with surgery. If it has gone through several layers of skin and metasticized throughout the body, it can of course be very serious. I have heard that immunotherapy has been very successful. Good luck to you. Hope it is a relatively easy process for you.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:11 PM
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My mom had a melanoma removed from her back. She had two surgeries at the dermatologistís surgery center. She did not need any treatments.
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:09 PM
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I had a friend/co-worker who was treated for a melanoma on her back about 8-10 years ago. She only required surgery and is healthy and still teaching.

Prayers abide for you. Please continue to keep us updated.

(((HUGS)))

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Old 12-22-2019, 07:18 PM
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My SO had a spot removed from his arm 12 years ago. Biospy said melanoma. He went to a specialist and had more removed. No further treatment required.
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:06 PM
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My stepmother had it years ago, more than 10 years ago, maybe even 15 years ago. It was excised and she had no further treatment. She's had no further problems with it.
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Old 12-23-2019, 05:44 AM
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I have heard that immunotherapy has been very successful.
This. Immunotherapy has been a real game-changer in the treatment of melanoma, even when it has metastisized. There's no reason to start saying goodbye. This may be a very small bump in your road. Prayers!
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Me, too
Old 12-23-2019, 06:14 AM
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I had melanoma on my right shoulder 11 to 12 years ago. The dermatologist biopsied it, then it was tested and found to be melanoma. He removed it and then referred me to UCSF for further treatment. I had my lymph nodes biopsied and I think a few removed. I went back every 6 months for a couple of years. Small positive-staying out of the sun after that has kept the aging process at bay, It s a scary diagnosis. I got mine over the phone while on vacation.Take it step by step and you will be able to cope better.
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