Hi everyone, my name is Corey, I'm 31, and have recently found a recurrence of melanoma after almost 10 years NED. In 2008, I had a WLE of a mole removed from my left calf, as well as SLN (which tested positive) and 20 lymph nodes (not positive). I was stage IIIA at this point, and completed the year long course of Interferon. (1st month via port 5 days a week, then 11 months of 3 shots per week, self administered)
Last week I saw my oncologist after finding a pea sized lump under my knee on the same leg. It is painful to push on, but hasn't caused other issues. After a PET/CT scan, my worst fears were confirmed. However, I'm extremely thankful that it doesn't appear to have spread anywhere else. Now I've been "promoted" to stage IIIC.
I have a surgery next week to remove the tumor and surrounding tissue. Then we will find out more about which treatments are available/recommended.
I was doing ok after the initial diagnosis, but have now been diving deeper into survival statistics and have basically been in tears all day. (40% 5 year survival rate, and 25% 10 year.) I have a 5 year old son, a 1 year old daughter, and an incredible husband. I am just crushed right now. The past 10 years have been incredibly hard in many ways due to our difficult start in marriage dealing with my cancer (we had been married exactly a year on my first surgery).
I'm just wondering if there's anyone who's had a similar diagnosis, particularly with a late recurrence, and what treatments you chose to do. What side effects did you experience? How long was the treatment plan? I am a very healthy eater, I exercise 5 days a week, have a very positive outlook and support system. I am hoping and praying all of that works in my favor.