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The MPIP is the oldest and largest community of people affected by melanoma hosted through the Melanoma Research Foundation. It is designed to provide support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. Once you have been touched by melanoma—either as a patient or as a family member or friend of a patient—you become part of a community. It is not a community anyone joins willingly. But if you must be part of this group, you will find no better place to find the tools you need in your journey with this cancer, and the friends who can make that journey more bearable.

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jim Breitfeller's picture
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Last reply 7/2/2011 - 4:24am

One of many immunotolerance mechanisms that immune system has developed to distinguish between self and non-self antigens is regulatory T cells or Tregs.

These cells are recently characterized specialized T-cell subsets that actively suppress a variety of immune responses. Researchers have broadly classified Tregs into natural and adaptive Tregs. Natural Tregs are CD4+CD25+ T-cells that originate in the thymus and play a significant role in immune homeostasis and protection against autoimmunity. Adaptive Tregs are non-regulatory CD4+ T-cells that have up-regulated CD25 expression during pathological and inflammatory conditions such as cancers and infections.

Although the principal immunosuppressive mechanism of Tregs remains elusive, several in vivo experimental models have indicated that Tregs secrete large amounts of immunosuppressants including IL-9, IL-10 and TGF-Beta; upon activation.


These lymphokines are capable of inhibiting activation of Th1, Th2 cells and CTLs required for cell-mediated immunity, inflammation and antibody production. Certain recent experimental data and results even indicate that IL-2-IL-2R signaling is vital for development, maintenance, survival, expansion and suppressive activity of Tregs. Increased expression of certain other characteristic markers including CTLA-4, glucocorticoid-inducible tumor necrosis factor receptor (GITR) and OX40 has been identified on Tregs whose function inside these cells is still not clear. The TCRs displayed on Tregs are capable of recognizing and interacting with any peptide-MHC class II ligand having certain range of avidity. But, the contribution of TCR signaling and role of TCR-ligand interactions towards regulatory T-cell development needs to be determined.


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Gowri Sivaraman's picture
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Last reply 8/3/2010 - 1:55am
Replies by: JerryfromFauq, Carver, akls

My father's pet scan results came out clean and the oncologist asked us to follow up with blood tests after 4 months. He has been on interfereon after his lymph node removal last year. This forum has helped in educating me what are the different options available. We think about everyday as a gift these days and i am happy for this moment even though i don't know what the future holds for my father.



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rlaraia's picture
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Last reply 4/25/2012 - 11:24pm

I received Michelle's pathology report and the lesion that was removed last week was benign.  The report states it was a Junctional Melanocytic Nevus with nests of typical melanocytes.


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Jan in OC's picture
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Last reply 12/26/2019 - 8:48pm

 We are planning to move soon and are considering Oregon.  Anyone from there that has a Melonoma oncologist?  Where do you get treatment if you live in Oregon? Husband (Dirk) is currently Stage IV in BRAF clinical trial at UCLA.

laughter is the best medicine

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Nancy's picture
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Last reply 7/29/2010 - 8:10pm
Replies by: kwahlbin, sal d

I can't figure this one out- sorry -

You would think they would make it easier --




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Charlie S's picture
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Last reply 7/29/2010 - 4:12pm
Replies by: kwahlbin

ONLY on registration are we asked for a birthdate, birthdate is not listed or asked for anywhere else, so why is my birthday (even though it is a fake birthdate) showing up in the right hand field when clicking on my profile?

I posted it here because many people do have privacy concerns, and this would certainly be a privacy concern.


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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 7/29/2010 - 4:02pm
Replies by: kwahlbin, Anonymous

Just wanting to see if the bold, italics, and underline features function and if inserting a link shows and functions as a link directly in the body of the text. 

If all this works I'll give it a   and if not a  .  I see if you enter an emoticon and press the space bar it insert the emoticon, then left click your mouse  THEN press the space bar and presto.... yep, that works

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 7/29/2010 - 4:44pm
Replies by: gbaum, kwahlbin

 Help finding old posts in archives?

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Anonymous's picture
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Last reply 7/19/2012 - 11:13am

Hi Everyone,

I visit MPIP , as well as, MIF to gain as much knowledge as I can on Mel. 

For what it is worth, I have noticed an increase in brain mets recurrences from people that post on the BB. Also, there seems to be a trend from people that have taken BRAF & Mef inhibitor drugs.

Maybe I am wrong, but if anyone has taken BRAF & MEK, it might be interesting to post whether or not you have a recurrence with brain mets & how long you have taken BRAF orMEK drug.

Just a thought..anyone have a opinion about Recurrences with  brain mets from BRAF/MEK Drugs?

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Lori C's picture
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Last reply 3/15/2017 - 5:31am

Will is one week past his first carboplatin and taxol treatment.  He's also on a Fentanyl patch for pain, the first time his hip pain has been properly addressed.  So far, he's feeling very well - eating fine, (he wants to go out for Italian food for lunch) and actually seems slightly less fatigued than before he began chemo, which is a bit mysterious.   He goes back for round 2 on August 10th. 

At this point, we've been extremely pleased with the care from Dr. Howard Kaufman and the nurses at Rush in Chicago.  Dr. Kaufman, who is a surgeon as well as head of oncology and a melanoma specialist, is not exactly a touchy/feely kind of doc but he's honest, careful, attentive, and obviously a very excellent doctor.  A huge relief.  And the nurses have been wonderful, especially given Will has some special needs and is not always the easiest person to communicate with.

I'm hoping things will be stable for a while, at the very worst, and at best, this will really reduce the tumors.

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lhaley's picture
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Last reply 7/29/2010 - 11:28am
Replies by: kwahlbin, dian, Carver

I'm just testing and discovered that I am now lhaley instead of Linda from Myrtle Beach.  That's ok because we are officially moving from the beach next Wed.!!  

This will take some time to get used to but it's interesting seeing how many times a post has been viewed and how many are online. If one person views a post twice does it go down as one view or two?

I just scanned downand saw that you can be alerted if people reply. That is a great addition!


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tab22's picture
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Just see whether I know how to use the new forum.

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Kimmer's picture
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Last reply 7/29/2010 - 11:27am
Replies by: kwahlbin, dian, Carver

Just testing the new format along with some other people.  For some reason I have to be Kimmer now instead of KimJ, but my other aliases have been Kim from Birmingham, Beaufort, Florida, Floridogz, etc.

Take good care, K.

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are. Confucius

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 Just testing new board....looks great

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Kim K's picture
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Last reply 8/15/2013 - 12:30am
Replies by: JerryfromFauq

But if it did, I should be seeing double

Cancer Sucks Shit Happens Nothing is ever 100% bad, there is a reason and silver lining in everything. Sometimes I need a good light and my glasses to find it though. You can't fix stupid.

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