Do you see the clouds parting? Good news from my 3 year PET/CT scan. No evidence of metastatic disease. That's the big news. They are going to mail me a copy of the report which will have the details. The nurse said I continue to have changes in the inguinal region (groin) but that probably relates to the surgery. Also, there are some changes in my lungs but I've had notations like that before. The bottom line is that nothing is suggestive of a melanoma recurrence.
Three years ago I got the news that I had a very deep melanoma lesion and the pathology wasn't clear as to whether it was a primary or a metastatic lesion. I had a full body scan and at that point it was determined that the lesion was a very deep primary because my only other involvement was a node in the inguinal region. My risk for recurrence was high and I've had some bumps along the road but no recurrences. Everything that showed up on scans earlier got smaller until last year I had a clear scan. A year later, I just had another scan which was clear from the cancer stand point. At this point I think the challenge is to try to put it behind me. I have had chronic pain, peripheral neuropathy, and lymphedema following my lymph node dissection but in the scheme of things that's a small price to pay for being free of the cancer. I can't spend the rest of my life in alert mode and at some point I have to decide that I'm seeing cancer in the rear view mirror where it belongs. I've decided that time is now. So long melanoma, it has not been great to meet you, and I don't expect to see you ever again. Time for me to celebrate and get on with my life ! ! !