The former ‘RHOBH’ star took to her Instagram stories to share a tearful health update.
The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star took to her Instagram story on Monday to share a tearful update with fans regarding her health struggles — which have not fallen in her favor.
“I just had a big ole’ cry,” Mellencamp explained, as she addressed the camera. “I just got the call from my doctor that the immunotherapy did not work. It was not successful.”
“So I have two different options — I can either do a big skin graft for my stomach and my arm, but that’s a very long recovery, or I can go in and get another wide excision surgery,” Mellencamp continued, indicating that she’s decided to go with the second option.
“They’ll have a plastic surgeon come too because it’s such a big area,” she explained, “And then [I will] just keep getting my checks, every three months.”
“So that’s where we are,” Mellencamp somberly concluded, with some advice for her followers: “Get your skin checked, folks.”
In her continuing effort to maintain transparency and encourage others to prioritize their health, the 42-year-old reality star shared an update with her followers in October, and explained that she was going to start a five-week course of immunotherapy cream as her next treatment step.
In her Instagram post, she detailed the purpose of immunotherapy, describing it as an anti-cancer treatment that harnesses the body’s immune system to target and combat cancer cells.
In September, Mellencamp debated whether to share her diagnosis publicly, but ultimately decided to do so as a reminder to others to undergo skin cancer screenings regularly. She expressed gratitude for catching the latest melanoma early during her three-month checkup, which necessitates another surgery next week and additional biopsies.
Mellencamp’s battle with skin cancer began in March 2022 when her RHOBH co-star, Kyle Richards, noticed suspicious spots on her back during a workout session. Over the following eight months, Mellencamp underwent 12 melanoma removal procedures, ultimately facing stage 2 skin cancer. Throughout her journey, she decided to document her experience on social media, sharing her story with her followers and advocating for skin cancer awareness.