I personally know many patients who are stable and NED and were stage IV. Many different therapies now exist that help a great deal. We recently filmed 6 patients with this status and there are many more!
I have been stable/NED for over 8 years now. I was diagnosed with melanoma 24 years ago. Stage IV in 2003 with a lung met. In the following two years I had mets to my spine, brain and small bowels. The treatments that worked for me were surgeries and GM-CSF. I have been clear since 2005. Significant progress has been made since 2005, so there is hope!
There are many stage IV people doing well now.
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