Patient Stories

Melanoma Patients Australia provides support across Australia to those with melanoma, their families, friends and carers, all at no charge.

MPA Patient Story - Jim Cormack and a woman embracing smiling to camera

Jim Cormack

I first noticed a pimple on my left cheek which I cut shaving back in June 2013.
Jim's story
MPA Patient Story - Anne Gately and man at dinner table, woman raising her glass

Anne Gately

I had my first infusion on 11 Sep and the second one on 2 Oct. On the 19th Nov I received the results from the first scans taken following the infusions. Miraculously there was no active cancer.
Anne's story
MPA Patient Story - Louise Sherwood with family group drinking wine smiling at the camera

Louise Sherwood

The tumour was successfully removed and it was only then it was confirmed it was a secondary melanoma – primary unknown!
Louise's story
MPA Patient Story - Peter Gourlay wearing glasses smiling

Peter Gourlay

In 2017, as I was reading in bed, I discovered a suspicious lump under my right arm.
Peter's story
MPA Patient Story - Josh Galpin with family group seated in front of house with 2 dogs

Josh Galpin

 In July 2019, I was diagnosed with Stage IV BRAF+ Metastatic Melanoma after being admitted into hospital with severe anaemia.
Josh's story
MPA Patient Story - Deb Butler and family smile at the camera

Deb Butler

In August 2019 I visited my doctor for persistent back pain.  A CT scan identified a lesion in one of my ribs and suspicious spots in both lungs.
Deb's story

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