What are treatment options for somebody with metastatic melanoma?

Melanoma treatment. The options would include- standard of care treatment vs clinical trials. Standard of care will include: ipilimumab ( yervoy) vs vemurafenib (zelboraf) if there is mutated b-raf receptor on melanoma cells vs il-2 for a very limited type of patients vs palliative care ( hospice ). See more info at www.Cancer.Gov and/or www.Nccn.Com.Discuss with you oncologist the best option for you.
Melanoma treatment. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/melanoma/healthprofessional/page9 i recommend you go to the above site at the nci as there is not enough space to adequately discuss metastatic melanoma therapy.

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Please describe treatment options for metastatic melanoma?

Melanoma tx. Treatment options for metastatic melanoma will include: yervoy ( ipilimumab) vs zelboraf ( vemurafenib)-a b-raf inhibitor- only if a b-raf mutation is detected; vs clinical trial vs il-2 ( interleukin 2 (aldesleukin) ) for a limited/selected group of people vs. Other systemic cheno vs palliative care only/hospice. Please discuss with your oncologist the best treatment for you. Read more...
SOC vs. trial. I agree with dr. Ho about standard of care (soc) options vs. Clinical trial. One online way to evaluate clinical trials based on tumor biomarkers in melanoma is here: http://www.Collabrx.Com/melanoma. Read more...

How long can you live with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets spread into the brain. What kind of treatment is best?

Radiation +/- surg. If there is only one or two brain metastasis it may be treated with surgery + radiation therapy. More than that number of brain mets usually treated with radiation alone. Disease in body may respond to targeted therapy (e.g. Zelboraf + Mekinist). Yervoy has also helped many. Prognosis depends on a large number of factors which I cannot assess. Read more...

How long does this person have with stage 4 metastatic melanoma w/ several mets in small bowel and brain? Treatments?

Palliative. The time can vary widely due to many factors and the best treatment may be palliative - to keep all body systems as strong and healthy as possible and relieve pain and the associated distress and stress. My best to you all. Read more...
Depends. Traditionally, this would be associated with a short survival. But over the last 3 years, a number of new chemotherapy drugs are available which may significantly extend the quality and duration of patients with metastatic melanoma. Ask your doctor if your melanoma is "BRAF mutant". If so, you are a candidate for a class of drugs. But don't delay, brain mets can be dangerous if not treated. Read more...

Tragic. How to cope with friend with metastatic melanoma?

With great caring. There are exciting new treatments for this disease, but they still are not cures. I would support them during treatment. Listen carefully and with caring. Read more...
Info/specialists. Make sure they have access to the most up to date information, and are being seen by a specialist who treats melanoma all the time, not once or twice a year. Read more...

Can someone get around throughout their cancer with metastatic melanoma?

I'm not sure... ...What you mean, as your question is confusing, but if you are asking if metastatic melanoma is curable, the answer in the vast majority of cases is sadly no. Does not mean it cannot be treated, but the patient needs to know the limitations of the therapy. Read more...

Could you tell me what is the survival rate of metastatic melanoma stage 4?

Approx 15% live 5 yr. Stage iv: the 5-year survival rate is about 15% to 20%. The 10-year survival is about 10% to 15%, according to cancer.Org. So about 1 out of 5 or 6 chance of living five years. Some new drugs are coming out for melanoma, and there can be spontaneous remissions. But distant spread of melanoma is a tough one. Good luck. Read more...