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Melanoma Stories
Stan’s patient journey

I was first diagnosed with melanoma cancer in 2009, in the left ear, Stage III. I had a part of my left earlobe removed, and then had procedures to get biopsies from the lymph nodes in my left shoulder, then thyroid to determine if the disease had metastasized to other parts of the body. My final surgery was to take a piece of my lung to determine if it had spread there. Fortunately the cancer was restricted to the ear. In 2013, following some progressive growth in my lungs, it was determined my cancer had indeed moved into my lungs, and I was Stage IV. The cancer is a huge part of my life, which greatly impacts my day to day lifestyle. It follows me everywhere I go, and I think about the cancer and its effects on my life and family daily.