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Metastatic Malignant Melanonma Stage 4 Using Ajcc

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:59 pm
by dyvyr

I just found out yesterday that my dad has Stage 4 Metastatic Malignant Melanonma(according to AJCC) that spread to the lungs.  He had it spread to his lymph nodes 2 years ago, it was treated with surgery and 1 year of interferon, but now he has 2 spots of it on his left lung.....

So.... based on what I've read over the last couple hours.... things look pretty bleak.  I do have a couple questions through,

1. Have you heard of Cyber Knife?  What's the success rate in that?

2. Will surgery work or will it continue to spread anyway?

3. How much longer do we have with him?

4. Are there any promising forms of treatment?

Thanks for your time,


ANSWER: Yes I'm sorry to hear that! His malignancy must now be regarded as a stage 4 process which at present is incurable. Since malignant melanomas are usually not very sensitive to chemotherapy or to conventional radiation therapy the possibilities of controlling his process is also very limited if existing at all. 1. Yes I have. It may be possible to delete his new lesions with it - or with surgery. But it will not change his risks of new lesions and those risks must now be considered as rather big. 2. See 1. above. So the risk of further spread is rather big. 3. Impossible to say right now. Both patients and cancers are individuals not identical copies/clones. So it all comes down to growth rate. The faster that is the less time we probably will have. But at the moment we do not know.

4. There are some interesting and potentially promising trials of immunotherapy going on mostly in the US.(You can check with the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda Maryland). But how to get in on one of those programs, especially for a Canadian, I do not know. I'm sorry I have nothing better to tell you!

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Thanks for the quick reply.  A friend just told me she was watching The Doctors TV Show yesterday and they had a special on treatments for pancreatic cancer.  The way she described it makes it sound like a vaccine - they inject the shell or dead tumour cells into patients so their body naturally learns how to recognize and fight off tumours.  They mentioned that right now they're focusing on the pancreas but plan on expanding to include other forms of cancer in their research.  Have you heard about this one?

Metastatic Malignant Melanonma Stage 4 Using Ajcc

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 2:15 pm
by Comdhan
Yes I've heard of it. It sounds very much alike some of the things that are tried for melanomas too. But we have unfortunately yet to see the final results!

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