Metastatic Malignant Melanoma was found in one of eight lymph nodes removed during 3/15 surgery. Metastasis (tumor) measured 0.8 mm. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy performed during previous surgery returned one lymph node with metastasis (tumor) measuring 0.43 mm. The quantity and size of tumors may give the Oncologists an indication of how extensive the spreading of melanoma cells in her blood is. Removing the axillary lymph nodes was the last available surgical step in trying to deter distant spreading.
MD Anderson called today to pre-register. Pathology reports and PET Scan results are being forwarded to them. They will use that information to determine which group of doctors to shedule her with. (UPDATE: MD Anderson consultation is set for Wednesday 3/31. Next local oncologist (Dr. Xiong) appointment is Friday 4/9)
Follow up with vascular surgeon has been rescheduled for Monday 3/22 awaiting drainage to reduce to less than 30cc per 24 hours.
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.