My father-in-law is 84, but up until his diagnosis he was still chopping wood, trimming trees, and taking care of 1/2 acre of land. He was extremely healthy, never sick. Unfortunately his melanoma started in his maxillary sinus and there were no symptoms until it had spread throughout his body. We've been told that about 50% of melanomas start in a mucous membrane (sinuses, rectum, vagina, etc) and have no symptoms until it's too late. He and his wife of 61 years were religious about going to the dermatologist every 6 months to have moles checked. Never saw this coming.
He was stage 4 at diagnosis. He's on hospice now, but doing better with this latest round of chemo. Unfortunately we know that the chemo will only help temporarily as this melanoma is particularly agressive, and will always come right back. He had a tumor grow from 1" to about 6" in 4 weeks.
We've been told that if it's in the skin, you can battle this cancer for many years. That's a good thing. It can be cut out time and time again. I'll pray for you that it doesn't spread through the lymph glands and throughout the body. Keep up the fight, you can beat this for a long time.
Does your husbands thyroid "lump" have anything to do with the cancer? Have you had it biopsied? I'll remember you in my prayers.
49 years old, Crohn's Disease
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery.