Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Latest PET Result Indicates Progression

I know that it's been a couple of months since I've last posted. I had just received the results that indicated my treatment plan was working. I was basically living with a clear head and not scared about my melanoma, after all it was the cancer, not me that was dying. -- I know that I've worried some of you by not posting but, after two years of living with stage IV melanoma, it was nice to have a period of time where I could live a little and spend some real time with my family while not worrying about cancer.

That time has once again ended. My latest scan results shows that the cancer that was dying out in my last scan has returned and is active once again. This progression qualifies me for another round of Ipilimumab (Yervoy).

Over the past few weeks, I had the same skin irritations and flare ups as I did during my first treatment phase which indicated that the drug was working. Because of this I had high hopes heading into this PET scan. At the same time, I had new pains as well as my leg pain had started to get worse which were all signs leading towards progression. I suppose I was in denial, which is probably why I was a little lackadaisical in getting the scan scheduled in the first place.

June 3rd -- I'll go back in and discuss further treatment options. I believe I'll start the re-induction phase of Ipilimumab. We also talked about it being time to get a biopsy of a live tumor to see if I have the BRAF mutation which would make me eligible for another trial drug that has had some real success recently.