Yesterday my boyfriend went for a skin check and they didn't find any sign of a melanoma at all, nothing at all on his whole body. But he saw on the file the skin specialist was writing in that he had put down stage 4 melanoma. This got him worrying that he was going to die and he came home and got onto the Internet and googled stage 4 melanoma. Now he thinks the worst of course and thinks he hasn't got long to live. This upset me enough for me to ring the cancer helpline to ask about it. The guy on there was very good and eased my mind very much. He said even tho it is stage 4 melanoma it dons't mean its really bad. He has no sign of any other cancer in his body so it isn't as serous as if he had cancer throughout his body. We are still waiting for the melanoma clinic at the hospital to call so still know nothing about what to expect in the way of treatment or severity of his condition. I hate all this waiting it is wearing us both down and I'm not sure how much longer we can keep waiting. I'm hoping they will see us soon so we can get some answers. I have had people who have cancer tell me that if they thought it was serious they would see him quickly but because they haven't seenhim yet that it's not so serious. I hope this is true.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.