Wanted to share the great news that the nine month follow up scans and tests were 'all clear'!
Erica ultimately opted for close observation only. The available treatments to deter recurrence have less than compelling statistics and a long list of side effects. She chose to believe that the surgery eliminated all tumors and that her immune system will win the fight with any disease that may have entered her blood.
The schedule of follow ups will extend to every four months after the one year anniversary in March 2011. Four month follow ups will continue for two years and then go to six months up through the fifth year. After five years the status will change to 'cancer free' and annual follow ups will continue thereafter.
Low dose Naltrexone, Vitalica, multi vitamins, a healthy fruit/vegetable rich diet, and regular exercise are an ongoing focus.
Thank you for all your support in getting through what has been a very challenging year!
Harvey & Erica Braden
Journal of our journey with a Metastatic Melanoma Diagnosis. Erica was diagnosed Stage 3 in January 2010 and then Stage 4 in April 2018.