City man loses battle with melanoma

Stephanie Lewis and Shaun Davidson, who has died after developing stage 4 malignant melanoma.
NICOLE JOHNSTONE

Stephanie Lewis and Shaun Davidson, who has died after developing stage 4 malignant melanoma.

Invercargill melanoma sufferer Shaun Davidson has died.

Davidson's struggle came to the attention of people throughout the country after an article in The Southland Times last week discussing his hope to raise $160,000 for an immune therapy drug.

It is understood Davidson died on Sunday night. He had spent three weeks at Hospice Southland.

Southland family Shaun Davidson, Stephanie Lewis, and Olivia Davidson before Shaun was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant ...
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Southland family Shaun Davidson, Stephanie Lewis, and Olivia Davidson before Shaun was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma.

His Givealittle page raised more than $42,000.

The 24-year-old leaves behind his partner Stephanie Lewis and their daughter Olivia, aged 2.

Davidson was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma in March, and after two surgeries in May and July to remove lymph nodes in his groin and abdomen and five weeks of radiation, he was able to go home.

Doctors discovered the cancer had returned in the lymph nodes near his liver last month. It was inoperable.

Davidson and his family had hoped the immune therapy drug ipilimumab would give him more time, but he had not gone through the treatment.

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 - The Southland Times

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