we just lost my hubby and father to two great kids at 56, on our 34th wedding anniversary from metastatic melanoma to the brain. He couldn’t get into clinical trials as he had brain mets and he couldn’t get into the Merck 3475 early access due to growing brain mets. Isn’t it contradictory that the early access is also called ‘compassionate care’ yet someone who so desperately needs the drug is denied it??This medical system is majorly screwed up. He never had anything on his skin. They found the cancer, already metastized, on his lung in April 2013. It was removed in May 2013 and then it reoccurred in his brain in Nov 2013. He was the most kindest, patient, ethical person and taken way too soon.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss, this disease does not play fair. On 6/13 it will six months since I lost my best and wife of 20 years to metastatic melanoma in the brain. She was two days away from starting her PD-1 trial when it was found in her brain. Have faith that you will be together again. Sincerely. 😥
I’m very sorry to hear this news. The Expanded Access is not the same as compassionate use for certain. There is a lot to change in our medical system and I hope some of you will be inspired to
be advocates. The loss of someone so dear just puts a hole in your life and I hope you have friends and family that will come in close to help fill that for you. Time does heal but never changes things. Take care of yourself now as your husband would want you to. You were an awesome caregiver to him.