Treatment today is giving Metastatic Melanoma patients more hope and instead of 1 year survival it's approx 3 years now. We still need more research.
I'm battling Metastatic Melanoma (BRAF positive) in my lungs and spleen at present. I'm 39 years old and I was diagnosed metastatic in August 2015. This was a massive shock as my original Melanoma mole on my back was removed in early 2002 and it was only a level 2. All my skin checks over the years were all clear and when I passed the 10 year mark, my skin doctor was very happy I was clear.
It was only in July 2015 after a holiday to Singapore with my 14 year old daughter, that I was noticing something wasn't right with my health. For 2 months I had bilateral pec tenderness and then in September I started to get really puffed (even standing still while talking). So straight to the doctor for chest X-ray and up showed a tumour on left and right lungs.
I've been on a clinical trial in April 2016 trialing Dabrafenib and Trametinib (plus Keytruda but had allergic reactions so no longer on this). I've had positive tumour shrinkage and hope that my medications keep working. I have scans every 2 months to make sure nothing growing.
My message is that any Melanoma or skin cancer that has been removed, no matter what level it is or how long ago it was removed, could possibly return.
Treatment today is giving Metastatic Melanoma patients more hope and instead of 1 year survival it's approx 3 years now. We need more research so one day it won't be a death sentence.