I was diagnosed with nodular melanoma Feb 28th 2020. It was on the back of my leg above my knee.
I had a PetScan prior to surgery which was clear.
Had surgery March 13th - WLE and SLNB. WLE had no margins, there was a very small amount of cancer in the lymph-node. It did not exit the lymphnode but I was told that did not matter. This bumped me to Stage 3A. (From 2A)
I am positive for the BRAF mutation.
I started Opvido just one week later from surgery.
I have had 4 treatments so far. I will receive 12 total. No side effects thus far. No new lumps or skin lesions. (I just saw my dermatologist a few weeks ago who did the skin and lymphnode check)
Because of this, my oncologist wants to wait two weeks before my 6h treatment to do a CT Scan.
First Question: Does that sound right on the scan? 6 months if no new concerns?
I am still healing from the surgery. The SLNB site developed into a seroma that got infected. Had a drain a for a while. I had a skin graft about 5 weeks ago now. It is doing okay, but there are two holes that have not filled in and I have another seroma below the wound right in the crease of my knee.. I see my surgeon this week.
My oncologist said that if I tolerate all 12 treatments and have clear scans, he would consider me cancer free. After all the reading I have done, I am struggling to believe that.
Second question: Do most Stage 3 melanoma diagnosis eventually have a recurrence?
Third question: I am terrified to be in the sun now. Can we be in the sun with sunscreen on? I am not talking about baking in it all day.
We live in a location where we have a very short summer, and we like to go boating. I feel like I can't even sit in the sun at all now. (With sunscreen on!) I have on history of a bad sunburn when I was a teenager where I fell asleep on my back. Other that, I have had some sunburn on my shoulders and chest, but nothing like a blistering kind. I DID use tanning beds to get base tan because I am fair skinned - which I will never do that again.
Thank you in advance for any help!