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    buffcody
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    Since I’m the Frank of the topic, after reading the post just cited, thought I should add one more thing for those who don’t know this about me. Melanoma is my second definitively diagnosed cancer. Just a little over ten years ago, I received a diagnosis of Stage II invasive ductal male breast cancer. I received a lumpectomy with lymphandectomy (13), a 24 week course in CMF chemo, and radiation with a 5 year tamoxifen follow on. No recurrence. The breast cancer was left breast. My lymphendectomy on the right side when I was 15 in 1956 was on my right side. I can’t worry about lymphedema, don’t, and have never had a problem, thank God. My mother, 20 plus years after her bout with melanoma (don’t know the stage but it was deep) died of lymphoma for which she never pursued a biopsy. So I don’t know for certain how they were sure except appearances that it was lymphoma. She was 93 and felt she had lived long enough.

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    Alicia
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    They are studying the immune system and response to melanoma. I am a long term survivor (23 years – 8 years NED after stage IV) and my onco had asked for samples of my blood a few years ago. They were going to use it for this type of study at U Penn.

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