Welcome to our CaringBridge site for Rick Boden.
In July, 2012 Ricky was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. This site will provide updates as Rick battles and defeats this disease.
We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Rick, Jenn, Allison and Anna feel your love and strength everyday!
Now for a little history -- direct from Rick: Back in 2009 I visited the dermatologist to investigate a suspicious mole on my neck. It was decided that it needed to come outwith fairly wide margins--about 5mm all around. The lesion was cut out as well as several lymph nodes. The nodes were tested to determine if the cancer had metasticized. The results came back negative. The biopsy on the lesion came back positve and I was told that it was Stage 1b Melanoma. I was also told that all of the cancer had been removed. Thesurgery was performed by Dr. Preston Rice and took place at the Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, WA, on September 25,2009.
I have been seeing a dermatologist regularly since then (initially every three months for 1 1/2 years and every 6 months since then). I have had about20 or so moles removed in that time and biopsies have all come back negative. The dermatologist's name is Dr. Irene Buno.
At my most recent dermatology appointment, Dr. Buno scraped off a mole and the results of the biopsy came back abnormal. Also during that appointment,on a whim I asked her if there was a chance that even though the lymph node biopsies that were done in '09 came back negative that it was possible that the cancer had spread. She thought it unlikely, but ordered a blood test tobe sure. The results came back with elevated LDH levels. She reordered the test and had me make an appointment with the oncologist, Dr.Moacyr de Oliveira. At my initial appointment, he showed a little concern about the LDH levels, performed a physical exam and ordered a CT Scan. That was performed on July 6. I met with Dr. Oliveira on July 11 and he told me that he has several concerns about the results of the scan. Additional scans were performed and the diagnosis of stage 4 melanoma was confirmed.