You Have Responded Very Well To The Interleukin…Until Now

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When it’s time for your routine Pet/CT scan you usually don’t think much about it, at least I usually don’t.

I have been fighting Melanoma since 2007, I was given 6 months to live in 2010, went through Interleukin treatments and happened to be one of the lucky ones, a responder, my Melanoma tumors, which had spread throughout my body were shrinking and some over time had disappeared.

Fast forward to present time, I went for a follow up PET/CT scan last week, I like to go early in the morning because you have to fast 6 hours before this test. My test was 7:30am, by 3pm in the afternoon my Oncologist’s office was calling to tell me to come into the office by 11am the next day to review the scan. Nothing good ever comes from an immediate response to these test’s.

Just as I suspected and I am sure you guessed by now, my Oncologist confirmed that until now I had been responding to the Interleukin very well.

The stubborn tumor in my lung that was lying dormant has started to grow and there is new growth in my left leg behind my knee. The one behind knee I kinda new about, for the past couple of weeks it has felt like a hamstring pull, only the pain is right were your leg bends at the knee, right on the tendon.

Anyway, those of you who have been following my blog for awhile know that I wear a pair of boxing gloves, a gold charm, to show the world I am fighting.

Well I am going to need a bigger pair of boxing gloves!

I will give you an update later in the week, I have to go for an MRI Thursday to see if surgery is an option to remove the new Melanoma tumor.

Next time we will discuss options for Melanoma patients who have gone through IL2 and can no longer get Chemo or Immune therapy to treat their Cancer.

Let me know if you or anyone you know may have gone through this or is facing it right now.

-Matt

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