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    gemma
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    This is from Hong Kong, China. My dad is newly diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma. He is 64 years old with background history of hypertension and asthma. We are all very shocked as he never admits into hospital for any illness and he does not feel any uncomfortable lately. So he insists on going to work regardless his doctor’s advice. I am very worried and scared, but it will be a big problem if he doesn’t go to work, since he doesn’t have any medical insurance (just has deposit insurance). The most important thing is that my younger sister and I are still studying at college, so financial issue is a big problem. I really don’t know how to deal with this crisis. Can anyone give me any advice? Sorry for my poor English and thank you for reading my post!!

    Gemma

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    Catherine Poole
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    Welcome Gemma, We have one listing in our Global Resource tab (above with the other click thrus) Hong Kong Cancer FundSuite 1301, Kilnwick Centre

    32 Hollywood Road

    Central, Hong Kong

    + 852 2868 0780

    http://www.cancer-fund.org/en/e

    Please tell us more about your father’s melanoma. Is it cutaneous melanoma or possibly acral lentigenous? Where is it on his body? Where has it spread to? What therapy is being suggested. The best plan is to get him to a center where they treat melanoma. Please educate yourself with information on the website. We have many new therapies that may help your father if he can get access to them. He is lucky to have you looking out for him.

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    gemma
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    Thank you for your reply. I really appreciate it. Actually it was discovered by his surgical doctor yesterday, so we are still waiting to see the oncologist next wednesday. He is also scheduled to have a PET-CT scan next Monday. But the wait is really killing me, so I want to seek help in advance. Since melanoma is quite rare in Asian countries, this is the first time I heard about it, so I have little concept about my father’s melanoma and what’s going on.

    In his referral letter, it just said ‘ He was first referred to us from medical colleagues for a self detected left inguinal mass for a few months. On PE there was a 3cm oval shaped, firm, non tender lymph node below the left groin skin crease with no signs of inflammation. There were no other lymph nodes palpable. Further PE also revealed a 1.5cm pigmented skin lesion over the left sole. Ix by our unit revealed: FNAC of LN: Suspicious of malignancy. Incisional bx of LN: Metastatic melanoma. ‘

    Any of your advice and help is really huge for me. Thank you so much!

    Gemma

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    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Gemma,

    This is most likely Acral Lentiginous melanoma. It appears on the soles of the feet, palms of the hands, toes, etc. But once it spreads, it is treated like other melanoma that is metastatic. He should probably be seen by a specialist if possible, in the U.S. if that is possible as well. Surgery is always a good idea if they can remove the tumor.

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    gemma
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    Thank you so much, Catherine. I know U.S. is a good place to treat melanoma, but our family financial status is really not allowed to do this. We can’t even support the expense of private hospital in H.K., that’s why we have to wait 2 weeks to see the oncologist. Maybe I should wait for the PET scan result to see what to do next. I know it’s time for me to prepare myself for the worst. Anyway, I really appreciate your help!

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    gemma
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    Sorry, one more question. Is it necessary for my dad to stop working at this stage? He really doesn’t want to stay at home, though his doctor strongly recommend him to take a rest.

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    Catherine Poole
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    As long as he wants to work and play, he can do anything he’d like!

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