Skin Cancer Stories | Patients Share Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Skin Cancer Stories
Patients Share Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide. There are three major types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.

Below explore our skin cancer stories from patients who describe how they got diagnosed (first symptoms), undergoing treatments, and navigating life with skin cancer.

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Melanoma Stories

Ellis E., 3A

1st Symptoms:
Changing mole on arm
Lymph node resection, immunotherapy (Opdivo), targeted therapy (BRAF inhibitor)

Rich B., 3B

Diagnosis: Melanoma
1st Symptoms:Suspicious, dark spots
Treatment: Immunotherapy (Nivolumab/Opdivo)
Jenn shares her recurrent melanoma cancer story
Jenn S., Stage 1B Melanoma Diagnosis: Stage 0 & 1B Melanoma Symptoms: Asymmetrical, multi-colored, large mole on the shoulderTreatment: Surgeries, skin checks...
Chris shares his stage 4 mucosal melanoma story
Chris W., Stage 4 Mucosal Melanoma Diagnosis: Stage 4 Mucosal Melanoma Symptoms: Sweaty rectum, zit-sized lump in rectum that grew, lump that developed in right-groinTreatment: Surgery, Chemo, Radiation, Immunotherapy, Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs)...

Amy H.

Diagnosis: Melanoma (4 bouts), Cervical cancer

Stage: Various stages (1-2)

Initial Symptom: Melanoma: Bad sunburn leading to scarring, Cervical: painful intercourse, cramps, pain during Pap smear

Treatment: Melanoma: Excision and Mohs surgeries, Cervical: partial hysterectomy