stage IIIc diagnosis wiht SLNB

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stage IIIc diagnosis wiht SLNB

Post by cowboy » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:06 am

maybe need surgery for other lymph nodes, however nothing defiane in PET scan.

but definitely immunotherapy

what is involved for immunotherapy. length of procedures, succes, side effects, the whole ball of wax?


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Re: stage IIIc diagnosis wiht SLNB

Post by Catherine Poole » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:05 am

Further removal of lymph nodes is usually not warranted. Immunotherapy can be either keytruda or opdivo.
Both are infusions that are given every three weeks (I believe for both brands now) side effects vary among patients. Some have little, or minimal, others have more trouble with them. These are very good drugs for 40% of the population and I hope they will be effective for you. Be sure to talk to your provider at length about your options. Are you BRAF negative or positive? That would allow other drug possibilities.
Catherine M. Poole, President/Founder
Melanoma International Foundation

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