Yesterday I attended a workshop by the Melanoma Research Foundation in San Francisco and I learned so much!! I really feel it is important to stay in touch with the melanoma community so that if I were to need it, I would know what is out there for new treatment options.
The bottom line is that the new treatments are going to be more and more tailor made for each individual. Each person who receives a melanoma diagnosis can ask for their tumor to be genetically tested for mutations and then doctors can treat you based on the mutation. Just as the BRAFF mutation allows for a specific treatment, there are many more mutations of melanoma to be discovered and thus treated appropriately and HOPEFULLY more effectively. This is why it is SO IMPORTANT for melanoma patients to see a melanoma specialist.
On a side note: it brought me great comfort to share my experience with others who have also been through biochemotherapy. This medieval treatment is still used on occasion and from what I learned, it is still unclear how it actually works..... melanoma is a tricky beast.
If you are reading this and you are fighting melanoma, please see a specialist. Please know there is more to your options than going home and calling hospice. Know that others have fought the fight and you are not ALONE.
PEACE, LOVE, and HOPE are my fighting melanoma motto!!