Melanoma

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What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a skin cancer of melanocytes which are cells that produce melanin. They predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body that contains melanocytes.

Common symptoms reported by people with melanoma


Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with melanoma

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Yervoy)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
melanoma (4)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
4
Tried for
melanoma (4)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
3
Tried for
melanoma (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Keytruda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
melanoma (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Temodar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
melanoma (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mekinist)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
melanoma (2)
Treatment name(s)

(5 HTP TR)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with melanoma, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with melanoma

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Yervoy)
Perceived effectiveness
for melanoma (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pancreatitis ulcerative colitis
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
melanoma (4)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for melanoma (2 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation at incision site mobility decreased
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
melanoma (4)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for melanoma (2 evaluations)
Side effects
skin tightening
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
melanoma (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
skin picking
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
itchy skin
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Keytruda)
Perceived effectiveness
for melanoma (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pancreatitis undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
melanoma (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Temodar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
melanoma (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mekinist)
Perceived effectiveness
for melanoma (2 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea joint pain 3 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
melanoma (2)
Treatment name(s)

(5 HTP TR)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with melanoma, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has melanoma on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 5
30s 39
40s 71
50s 88
60s 93
70+ 37
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4
20-29 years 19
30-39 years 19
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 23
60-69 years 17
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 118
Female 224

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 241
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from melanoma patients who have completed their condition history
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