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    Just when I begin to relax about my melanoma diagnosis

    I went for my first 3 month check up. At the time I had a biopsy on a spot I was concerned about. I had anew dark brown freckle appear about a year ago. In December thefeckle was peely like a sunburn. Derm thought is was ok. At that time I had a biopsy for what turned out to be melanoma. Since December the freckle rapidly changed to be raise and wart like. I brought it up again and had it biopsed. Turns out to be squamous cell carcinoma. I have to go back for an excision of the area. Just when I began to calm down about the melanoma. What scares me is how am I going to tell the problem spots from the normal spots. Even my derm has no answer. She is associated with the Albert medical school at Brown Universary so I know she is good. Guess I am just rambling here.

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    Administrator Top User Didee's Avatar
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    I would probably get a second opinion if I was in your shoes each time one is declared to be safe and I wanted to make sure.
    I am not at all trying to be silly here but I would possibly then do a third if it is feasible. I have to do a calculation 3 times on a calculator (I am useless at it) and take the 2 out of the three answers as being the right one.
    Aussie, age 57
    1987 CIN 111. Cervix lasered, no further problems.

    Dx Peripheral T Cell Lymphoma stage 2B bulky, aggressive Dec/09.
    6 chop14 and Neulasta.
    Clean PET April/10, 18 rads 36gy mop up. All done May 2010
    Iffy scan Nov. 2011.
    Scan Feb 2012 .still in remission.
    Still NED Nov 2012. On to yearly bloods now.

    May/2012. U/sound, thyroid scan, FNB. Benign adenoma. A lump in otherwords, nodule if you wish to be specific.

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    west branch,mi
    i'm with didee. i'm wonderin iffen theres a way to find out iffen a dermatologist is trained( and how good) in the detection of skin cancers, other than a dermatologist working right at a cancer center.
    stage 3c melanom diagnosis may 2006
    wide area excision and axillary surgery june 2006
    clinical trial w/ interferon sept 2006
    surgery to primary area and axillary to remove recurrance oct 2006
    IL-2 january 2007
    surgery to remove 3 tumors on back march 2007
    IL-2 june 2006( stopped due to risks outweighed benefits
    removal of tumor on upper left arm dec 2007
    costotransversectomy( remove part of t-7 vert) june 2008

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