While we've learned that radiation alone doesn't help that much in melanoma patients:
Radiation alone, not such a good idea in melanoma!!!
Radiation of lymph node basin: not so helpful if that is all that is done...
We have also learned that radiation COMBINED with immunotherapy can make a real difference!!!
Brain mets in Melanoma - don't wait to add immunotherapy after SRS!
Nivo (Opdivo) with radiation = better for melanoma patients with brain mets
And finally....this link....that contains several more links within: Review of abscopal responses after radiotherapy in melanoma patients
Now there is this:
A Prospective Clinical Trial Combining Radiation Therapy With Systemic Immunotherapy in Metastatic Melanoma. Hiniker, Reddy, Maecker, et al. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2016 Nov 16.
We still have folks being told by oncologists that they can't combine SRS and immunotherapy or can't have one after the other "too soon" due to some sort of bad effect. Now, while there may be a few exceptions where that reasoning may apply, it is not where the data is leading us!!! Think Jimmy Carter. Cut out the liver met, zap the brain tumor, start anti-PD1....zip, zap, boom. He's already off meds and latest report says melanoma free!!!
Hang tough ratties! Take reports to your docs as needed!!! Wishing you well. - c