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Offline heartforyou

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Update ... melanoma
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:37:05 PM »
Today I got the results of the biopsy.

It is skincancer, lentigo maligne melanoma.

The good news is they have removed the tumor completely.
The bad news is I will need more surgery to have a piece of skin removed from my leg and sewed onto my back  to restore the 2.5 inch circle of open flesh , left by the removed tumor...

Oh well... I will survive, after my two tumors in my rectum last year....

Thanks for your support and I'll keep you updated.

Love

Hermie ;)
Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
Viread, Kivexa (Epzicom),Viramune once daily

Happiness is the freedom of breathing fresh air every day.

Offline mjmel

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008, 07:39:46 PM »
Good news, indeed.
Hang in there, Hermie.

Mike

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 07:40:37 PM »
Good luck, Hermie
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008, 08:59:19 PM »
Yes indeed Hermie, that is good news.

Offline anniebc

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008, 09:16:55 PM »
Glad to hear they removed the tumour Hermie..good news indeed.

The skin graft will be fine just a wee bit of discomfort until it heals.

Thinking of you

Hugs
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Offline fearless

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008, 10:05:20 PM »
WOW, Hermie. This is great news.

When you mention melanoma to Australians it sends a shiver down our collective spines. It is the most aggressive form of skin cancer and kills about 1 500 Australians each year. We have the highest rates in the world and we've all got a horror story of friends/relatives that have been diagnosed one day and dead within a few months.

I was very worried when you mentioned it, but am now so relieved that they have found it early and appear to have removed it all.
Be forgiving, be grateful, be optimistic

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008, 10:24:18 PM »
Yup, metastisised melanoma is brutally fast.

Ick.

MtD

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2008, 10:26:05 PM »
I'm glad they caught it when they did.  Good luck to you, sweetie.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline Longislander

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2008, 11:04:37 PM »
Good to hear they got it all Hermie :D
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2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
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Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2008, 01:18:53 AM »
I think this is good news?

You're making a cat look silly!
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Offline Dragonette

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2008, 04:18:19 AM »
Good news! I'm quite relieved Hermie. Phew.

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2008, 05:07:55 AM »
yeah, good they got it all in time. the skin grafting should be a breeze though huh? good luck with that

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2008, 07:44:54 AM »
Herman,

Glad to hear that the doctors got it all !! That 2.5 inch circle, on your back, should start healing up pretty fast. Make sure to keep it clean. Also, make sure to get yourself more frequent checkups. Like I was mentioning in another thread, I see my dermatologist, almost as often as my ID doctor.



Take care---Ray
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2008, 08:17:48 AM »
Great News Hermes
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
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2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
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Offline heartforyou

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2008, 08:42:51 PM »
I had an appointment with the dermatologist today at my HIV clinic.
My HIV doc told me I gave her a huge scare when I told her about the diagnosis.
She lost 3 HIv pos men last year... from melanoma.
Apparently I was lucky the cancer had not spread into my bloodstream.
Well, I am not going to worry about the IF's.

The doc said the healing is proceeding well. I need to have the ointment put on every day and have the bandage changed daily as well by a nurse for the next three weeks.
If everything goes well, I will NOT need a skintransplant... yeah......

It still hurts of course, but it is bearable.

So far so good....
But to all of you : keep a close eye on whatever spot on your body that is changing in shape, appearance, color or thickness... it can be deadly.


Thanks to you all and love from Belgium

Hermie :-*
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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2008, 10:32:16 PM »
Hermie, so glad to hear your good news.  You hang in there sweetie.
  Luv from the states :-*
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline PatrickBXL

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2008, 07:19:12 AM »
Sweetie,
you're a fighter,
yes, I'm very happy about your results and sure it will only improve!
 ;)
Keep it on and live it all well!
 :D
your lovebud Patrick


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My CD4 are still high, no need of medecine for now.

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Offline hudstar

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2008, 08:12:26 AM »
Today I got the results of the biopsy.

It is skincancer, lentigo maligne melanoma.

Thanks for your support and I'll keep you updated.

Love

Hermie ;)

I go in for a biopsy on Monday. Two spots have appeared on my body, one on my left shin, the other on my temple.
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Offline Robert

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2008, 11:14:20 AM »
Glad to hear all this Hermie.

It's sounds like you've gotten over the worst of it, but the would itself can be very troubling.  Make sure you get that wound cleaned and changed everyday.  I was in the hospital with PCP for 3 weeks.  Ended up getting a bed sore on my butt and that's what almost killed me.  It was infected and had the infection spread into my blood I would have been a goner.  It took a good 6 weeks of constant cleaning and attending to by a  home nurse to fix it.

robert
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Offline MOONLIGHT1114

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2008, 02:47:33 PM »
Hermie~

I'm so glad to hear that things have turned out for the best -- they could have been much worse!

You are one lucky guy!  Best of luck on that wound healing up fast!

~ Cindy
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2008, 06:53:42 PM »
Hey Herman,

Glad it was caught 'in time' honey.....  chalk one up, you dodged it again!

Hope the spot heals rapidly, and you don't have too much pain with it.

hugs,

Alan
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Offline joemutt

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2008, 11:02:04 PM »
I am glad that seems to be going well. Take Care.

Offline komnaes

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Re: Update ... melanoma
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2008, 03:37:28 AM »
You're a toughie Hermie... hang in there. Best of luck.
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

 


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