Stage 1B melanoma post surgery and sent. node biopsy

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Stage 1B melanoma post surgery and sent. node biopsy

by LightBright on Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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I had my surgery two weeks ago for the excission of the melanoma on my right ankle. At the same time I also had a sentinal node biopsy on my right groin and also on a node just above the site. The tests came back negative. I recently saw an oncologist who told me the melanoma was 1.2 mm thick which deemed it a stage 1B. The were no ulcerations on the melanoma as well. Now he says that I have to have a chest x-ray and in 3 weeks I have to go have blood work to test my LDH levels. I am to see him again one week after the blood work. He also mentioned I need a CT scan and a bone scan. If the x-rays are negative with no sign of cancer just like the node biopsies will these other scans be necessary? Are CT scans and MRI's interchangeable forms of testing for melanoma or is one deemed better than the other?

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by clintandmelinda on Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:00 AM

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In our experience they have used CT and PET scans for the body.  For the brain they use MRI.  Exrays, I don't think, have ever been used and aren't very effective except for pretty large lesions. 

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by clintandmelinda on Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:00 AM

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Also, we were told that there wasn't any blood test available that helped detect Melanoma... at all.  PET scans detect energy and tumors "light up" because they emit more energy than normal tissue.  So does the brain and heart.  That is why the MRI is used on the brain.  The CT scan is more effective while being treated with Interferon because the treatment can cause false positives with a PET scan.  Both the CT and PET together is sometimes used to get the best picture.  If the Melanoma has spread it is most likely to "seed" in a place where the blood slows down to a crawl like the lungs, liver, brain, kidneys, etc.  The CT scan seems to be the best thing next to the biopsy of sentinal nodes to determine spread.  Odds of distant metastis increase with vascular invasion or lymph system invasion of the original tumor.  Refer to the pathology report.  Good luck.

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by Mattlock on Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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Just to let you know my history:  Over 5 years ago I had an ulcerated melanoma-can't remember breslow depth but it was significant- 1 node positive (sentinal node rgt inguinal.)  I also had a lymph node dissection, which was negative for any other nodes affected.  I was told by my physicians I had "2 year-long term survival."   I was at stage 3b. He wanted to put me on interferon immediately. That was in April or 2003.   At the same time I had many family friends who had been diagnosed with melanoma as well.  "Michelle" had also been diagnosed, exact same time as me, but with only a stage 1.  Her father was a later stage and he just passed away.  His melanoma started w/ a stage one on his arm.  Another friend Chuck just died two years ago, again, started w/ a stage one.  Ronald Reagans daughter, Ann was diagnosed with the exact same diagnoses and stage that I had been.  She, like my friends mentioned above, followed their doctors advice and the standard medical procedures.

They are either all dead or late stage IV and dying.  I have continued to compete in all three of my different sports, even after the inguinal node surgery and am doing fine.  I feel the difference betwen their situation and mine are a few things-i'll list them:

1.  I took my care into my hands.  I did my research, I took responsibility for my health. I didn't turn it over to anybody.  I searched the emotional, physical and "spiritual" aspects of my disease.  I owned it basically.

They didn't.  All three of them (and Ann Reagan) put their life in the hands of a total stranger who only was taught in one aspect of "healing" and that is the allopathic (conventional) "healing."  None of them are or have healed.  They are now dead or dying.  I didn't

2.  I tuned to natural, non toxic, non mutilating methods (except for the inguinal node surgery which I regret having done-but can't look back now.)

I did have a "significant metastasis to the right illium" and was told by the radiologist to "schedule surgery immediately!"  I never did.  I took my care into my hands and got rid of the metastasis in three months using DMSO and vitamin C (orally mixed with distilled water, drank 2 times a day for three months until PET scan showed it was completely gone.)  I felt the DMSO was my aggressive method to rid of the cancer.  I also took Graviola, juiced green leafy veggies, carrots, green apples, started growing my own organic vegetables, cut down meat consumption, started taking pancreatic enzymes, drinking Essiac Tea,  taking whole food supplements such as Sun Chlorella, Spirulena.  I took Beta Glucan's, Chaga, and basically started giving my body what it needed to boost my immune system. Currently I take and love the CHIA seeds for huge omega 3 in take and I also use Blue Diamond XPC (fermented, inactive yeast) for my overall immune system. I tried to totally cut out my sugars and refined carbohydrates. (but I eat breads (Ezikial-sprouted)and have desserts now-I try to limit them.)  I began growing and juicing wheat grass and sprouting seeds such as sunflower, wheatgrass, alfalfa, red clover, brocolli.  I make a smoothie almost every morning which consist of some sort of organic fruit such as Acia, strawberries, bluberries-one that has great antioxidant properties, almond milk, whey or hemp protein, spirulena, chia seeds, Bee Pollen and whatever I feel can give me a whole food nutritional boost. Occasionally I used a raw egg from my chickens.  I love this smoothie!

 I studied Dr. Hammer's "New Medicine Theory" to understand the deep meaning of the "WHY" to my disease.  This helped incredibly because I felt if I didn't understand why this happened it would be more difficult to heal.  This helped tremendously and I feel Walter Last's website has the easiest description and break down of his theory "The New Medicine of Dr. Hamer" (type this in your search and you should get it.) it describes Dr. Hamer's "Iron Rules of Cancer"  I read many of Louise Hay's books and hundreds of others from herbal, nutritional and political books on Cancer.  I loved them all.  One of the first books I read was Daniel Haley's "Politics of Healing" this is where I learned about the DMSO therapy and why I applied it to me and  the book "Never Be Sick Again" by Raymond Francis- I'd highly recommend this one!

 An important lesson to me among so many that I got from all my research was a comment from PhD Candice Pert who stated "every cell is eavsdropping on your mind's thoughts"  I feel this knowledge helped me.

Visualization, nutrition, information and action have all helped me in my quest to beat this.  Which I have and I hope I may share any of my experiences with any of you.   Please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Stacy Jett

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by Betty_V on Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:00 AM

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I had a melanoma mole removed 2 years ago and had chest x rays and blood tests every 3 mos for 2 years.  Nothing showed up at any of those. However, 2 new lumps appeared a few inches above the original mole site. They were both melanoma.  I am now recovering from surgery that removed more melanoma farther up my leg as well as all of the lymph nodes in the left groin area.  I will find the results of those biopsys on Mon.  I don't see the value of chest x rays for these cases.  PET scans only showed the larger areas--small melanoma spots did not show up on those.  Do stay in touch with your dr and his recommendations.

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by Betty_V on Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:00 AM

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I had a melanoma mole removed 2 years ago and had chest x rays and blood tests every 3 mos for 2 years.  Nothing showed up at any of those. However, 2 new lumps appeared a few inches above the original mole site. They were both melanoma.  I am now recovering from surgery that removed more melanoma farther up my leg as well as all of the lymph nodes in the left groin area.  I will find the results of those biopsys on Mon.  I don't see the value of chest x rays for these cases.  PET scans only showed the larger areas--small melanoma spots did not show up on those.  Do stay in touch with your dr and his recommendations.

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by Matlock on Thu Feb 11, 2010 03:35 PM

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This is Matlock- use to be Mattlock- but sign in/log in difficulties made me change my user name, etc.

I"m just stopping by just to say hello to everybody- i'm still here, healthy, happy and living life- cancer free.  Anybody need or want to hear what i did- and would like to email me:

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   i'm here for you.  Take care,

stacy

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by nikkidmarie on Mon Sep 13, 2010 07:34 AM

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Wow I read all ur info I seen a dermo in first week of Aug2010. Had 2 biopsy came back basel cell and one on left lower calf for melanoma. Clark level V so I to got gravol herbal pills and think they are great. I did meet with the surgeon. Had the cancer removed with skin graft, sentinel lymph node biopsy, they came back negative. They hav me meeting with a medical oncologist. I'm not sure why Is this the norm? Also pls give me so info the way u changed ur diet. I do know that many are fight cancer just changing the food you eat.. I'm happy for u that u researched so much , look forward to here from you. Take care nikki.

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by nikkidmarie on Mon Sep 13, 2010 07:35 AM

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Wow I read all ur info I seen a dermo in first week of Aug2010. Had 2 biopsy came back basel cell and one on left lower calf for melanoma. Clark level V so I to got gravol herbal pills and think they are great. I did meet with the surgeon. Had the cancer removed with skin graft, sentinel lymph node biopsy, they came back negative. They hav me meeting with a medical oncologist. I'm not sure why Is this the norm? Also pls give me so info the way u changed ur diet. I do know that many are fight cancer just changing the food you eat.. I'm happy for u that u researched so much , look forward to here from you. Take care nikki.

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by mikyandmalory69 on Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:47 PM

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hi stacy,

How are you going now i just knew 2 month ago i have a melanoma level 4 and went to hospital last monday 4 the operation and see what s going on. Still waiting 4 the test result then ur message is a good vibes and just would like to know how are u going since ur last message.

Thanks mick

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