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Lucas Ridgway

Tell us a little about yourself 

My name is Lucas Ridgway. I’m a 40 year old tradie, husband, father of two and a cancer survivor.

When and how did you first find out you had melanoma?

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma is 2015, aged 34, when I had a lump under my cheekbone biopsied.  After having the melanoma removed and neck dissection surgery, I was 18 months clear when I had a recurrence and melanoma was discovered in my lung.

Tell us about your treatment

After the recurrence, I commenced immunotherapy treatment and was administered pembroluzimab (keytruda).  As of July 2020 I’m over 3 and a half years cancer free.

What challenges did you and your family and/or friends face after your diagnosis?

We all tried to remain positive but there is a fear of the unknown, every scan is like a game of Russian roulette.  Mentally you have good days and bad days. The side effects from the treatment and scans were also a challenge.

Tell us about your involvement with MPA

MPA has helped so many patients, carers and survivors with their support groups and programs as well as advocating on behalf of people affected by melanoma.  I really wanted to get involved and help contribute to the great work they are doing.  I’m sharing my story to help other patients battling melanoma, to give them hope and strength and the chance to see we are getting positive outcomes now.

How has melanoma cancer affected your outlook on life?

It definitely makes you more vigilant as far as sun safety, but overall it puts life into perspective and makes you realise what’s most important and that’s health and family.

Do you have a motto or personal mantra?

Cancer really has taught me to “take one day at a time”.

I’m happiest when…

I’m with my beautiful family, on the golf course and getting clear scans.

 

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