I signed up in January after having been diagnosed with Melanoma. As you can all imagine, this came as a big surprise, but the doctors are optimistic. Me being cautious by nature, I sometimes wonder if this is a standard approach by doctors to put your mind at ease, or if I can really believe when they say " Treatments have advanced and we caught it "RELATIVELY" early"...
Thanks in advance for your advise and input. Here some data on my case:
Diagnosed in January 2019. I had a small 4-5 mm spot on my thigh for around 1.5 years but neglected it.
My dermatologist did an excision and results were:
Nodular Melanoma , Breslow depth 1.9mm , no ulceration, Mitotic rate 1, Clarl Level III
2 Weeks later they did an SLNB and WLE ,unfortunately both extracted lymph nodes had micrometastasis (the report does not show how large, but supcapsular invasion depth in one of them was 2mm in the other 0.5mm with only isolated cells).
Did MRT and CT etc. and all clear so I have been staged as IIIa (T2a N2a).
Started in February with BRAF /MEK inhibitors (Tafinlar and Mekinist) since I am BRAF 600E positive.
Minor side effects and all good so far.
Doctors tell me and I quote "This treatment will kill any remaining cancer cells".
I have been reading up and although the latest 4 year RFS numbers of Tafinlar - Mekinist for IIIa are impressive, please let me know what else I can do to improve the odds. I have changed my diet and also try to do some yoga. etc.
Thanks for your help and take care