Melanoma Can't Have Me!
Testing for spread
I had 3 or 4 lymph nodes removed from my left armpit and the results came back that there was no cancer in them! I was scared and happy. I followed up with x-rays and blood work for 10 years.
A lump growing
It was almost 10 years exactly when I felt a lump growing in my left armpit. It kept growing and growing. I had a needle biopsy that did not diagnose it. I had a mammogram and ultrasound and we still did not know what it was.
After a CAT scan, it was determined that the melanoma was back. I had a doctor who tried to remove the tumor in my left armpit and all he found was a large mass inside of me.
We didn't give up
I was led to Dr. Hamid at the Angeles Clinic where they tried an experimental treatment called biochemotherapy. I endured 5 rounds of this treatment that is chemotherapy and immunotherapy (interferon and IL-2).
I finished treatment in 2011. I have been NED for 7 1/2 years. I am grateful for the very supportive melanoma support communities I am a part of and beyond grateful for the doctors that do not give up on people like me! I was a hopeless case and I am still alive!
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