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    Diagnosed December 1998, stage I b on my left cheek, wide local excision, sentinel node biopsy, ok, good to go.

    September 2009 a persistent cough turns out to be stage IV melanoma in my lungs.

    December 2009, fail IL2.

    March 2010 start stage 2 clinical trial for vemurafenib. Hypermetabolic activity stops in December 2010 and tumors stop shrinking February 2010. (Probable remains as scar tissue.)

    September 2014, melanoma stage I a removed from my back with wide local excision.

    August 2019, stopped taking vemurafenib, 9 1/2 years after starting.

    October 2019 and January 2020, follow up scans and blood work are all good.

    Catherine Poole


    It is so nice to hear from you and thanks for sharing your amazing story. I’m so happy to hear that you are doing so well still and I often cite your great sense of humor in dealing with all of this as crucial. It has been so great to meet you in person as well and appreciate you participating in our video. As you probably know we are not having our big event this year so we won’t get to see you there. But keep in touch!

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