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Thread: Just when I begin to relax about my melanoma diagnosis

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    Jan 2012
    Rhode Island

    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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    Jun 2010
    NSW Australia
    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 61
    1987 CIN 111. Cervix lasered, no further problems.

    Years of pain, bleeding, women's plumbing problems. TV ultrasound, tests, eventual hysterectomy 2007, fibroids in lining of Uterus.

    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.
    Discharged Nov 2014.

    May/2012. U/sound, thyroid scan, FNB. Benign adenoma.

    Relapse Apr 2016. AITL. Some chemos then on to allo transplant. Onc says long remission was good. Still very fixable.

    SCT Aug 2016

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    Apr 2011
    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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