During the course of a “no worries” checkup with the melanoma doc last month, we had a brief discussion about a couple of promising new treatment drugs for Stage IV patients being tested at his clinic and others. (For you melanoma nerds, they are Ipilimumab and PLX4032.) He told me there’s a good chance that I’ll never need to try either of them. Nevertheless, it sounds like we’ll still be seeing one another at least a couple of times a year for the duration. All in all that’s wonderful news, but yet another reminder that one can’t ever leave the Hotel Melanoma. Nevertheless, like a dogged TSA Agent groping for underwear bombs where none are likely to be found, I’ll keep on searching for the exit door.
On a more thankful note, on Thanksgiving Day 2003 I was a few days out of incarceration for the final round of biochemotherapy and passed out on my hosts’ couch after nibbling a little bit of a fine dinner. That’s not going to happen this year.