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What is the prognosis for malignant melanoma?

My husband was first diagnosed with malignant melanoma three years ago. The malignant mole was removed along with a wider area of skin. In June last year he developed a large lump under his arm and was immediately admitted to hospital for an axillary dissection. The outcome was a six cm tumour had developed in the lymph nodes. A CT scan also confirmed suspicious spots on the lungs. In October a further CT scan confirmed these spots had grown and the oncologist confirmed the cancer had metastised. He went through three months of chemo - decarbazine. The latest scan in January this year confirmed the cancer had not responded to the chemo, it was continuing to grow and indeed had spread further - the liver and a node around the right lung. Please can you advise me of the likely outcome as I have been afraid of asking the question.
Fri, 18 Sep 2015
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hello dear. I appreciate your concern. Recently newer drugs have been launched and approved for the treatment of melanoma. With the use of these drugs a patient with advanced stage of melanoma can live upto 1 to 1.5 years. Please discuss about these newer drugs with your doctor,
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