Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by Delia_Margaret on Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:00 AM
My friend was treated with massive doses of Interferon over a matter of weeks in June, for a melanoma. It was present in two of the nodes and the melanoma itself was surgically removed. His recent scan shows a "node" in the chest and he is to have a biopsy in a few days. Can anyone explain to me what this means. Is it a bad sign? Are there further treatments?
by bethanne1 on Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:00 AM
Margaret, I was diagnosed with ocular melanoma almost 2 years ago. I have to have CT scans every 6 mos. A recent chest CT showed a nodule on my right lung measuring 7-9 mm. A follow-up scan showed no growth...indicating a benign nodule. Ocular melanoma generally spreads to the liver first. I am at great risk for mine to spread. I do not know where skin melanoma generally goes first. It may be the lung. I recently began taking Curcumin...from the spice tumeric. This gives me HOPE. If you don't mind doing some research, look at the research MD Anderson has done with curcumin and melanoma. Actually, there are other cancers listed, too. I will pray for your friend.
by Dean_in_Georgia on Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:00 AM
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