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Thread: Why so many spots in just a few months?! Only 30 years old

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    Why so many spots in just a few months?! Only 30 years old

    In April I had a mole on my left armpit come back as squamous cell, they removed it and everything looked good. Then in early August I had a mole removed in the same spot on my armpit but the right armpit. That also came back as squamous cell. They did mohs to remove and only needed one layer. Last week I went in for a check and he removed a little white pimple/bump on my chest which came back as pre-cancerous so now I have to have that one frozen off. I'm only 30 and this April was the first time I went to the dermatologist but now I'm just so afraid because what are the chances of having 3 in such a short amount of time? No one can tell me why or what to do to prevent more besides no sun or just wearing sunscreen. I feel like I must be missing something that is causing all these issues to pop up all of a sudden?? Anyone have any preventive ideas besides the obvious or questions I should look into or ask the doctor? I just feel scared and lost. Thank you!

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    Sorry to hear of this. However, use that fear and anxiety to motivate you to have periodic checks done by your dermatologist. You have the blessing of being forewarned. Will it require lifestyle changes? Certainly, but things like a different job, marriage, children or financial strain do the same thing. As to what is causing it, it might be genetic, it might be a chemical in your deodorant (both armpits) - any number of things. No reason to live in fear if you have advance notice, right?
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    08/08-12/08 Four cycles CHOEP14 + four cycles GND (Cyclofosfamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, Etoposide, Prednisone & Gemcitabine, Navelbine, Doxil)
    02/09 2) Relapse.
    03/09-06/13 Clinical trial of Romidepsin > long-term study. NED for 64 twenty-eight day cycles, dose tapered.
    07/13 3) Relapse, 4) Suspected Mutation.
    08/13-02/14 Romidepsin increased, stopped for lack of response. Watch & Wait.
    09/14 Relapse/Progression. Visible cervical nodes appear within 4 days of being checked clear.
    10/06/14 One cycle Belinostat. Discontinued to enter second clinical trial.
    10/25/14 Clinical trial of Alisertib/Failed - Progression.
    01/12/15 Belinostat resumed/Failed - Progression. 02/23/15
    02/24/15 Pralatrexate/Failed - Progression. 04/17/15
    04/15 Genomic profiling reveals mutation into PTCL-NOS + AngioImmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma. Stage IV-B a second time. Two dozen tumors + small intestine (Ileum) involvement.
    04/22/15 TREC (Bendamustine, Etoposide, Carboplatin). Full response in two cycles. PET/CT both clear. Third cycle followed.
    06/15-07/15 Transplant preparation (X-rays, spinal taps, BMB, blood test, MUGA scan, lung function, CMV screening, C-Diff testing etc. etc. etc.) Intrathecal Methotrexate during spinal tap.
    BMB reveals 5) 26% blast cells of 20q Deletion Myelodysplastic Syndrome MDS), a bone marrow cancer.
    07/11-12/15 Cyclofosfamide + Fludarabine conditioning regimen.
    07/16/15 Total Body Irradiation.
    07/17/15 Moderate intensity Haploidentical Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant receiving my son's peripheral blood stem cells.
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    07/23-08/03/15 Marrow producing zero blood cells. Fever. Hospitalized two weeks.
    08/04/15 Engraftment occurs, and blood cells are measureable - released from hospital.
    08/13/15 Day 26 - Marrow is 100% donor cells. Platelets climbing steadily, red cells follow.
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    09/26/-11/03/15 Prednisone to control skin GvHD.
    11/2015 Acute GvHD re-classified to Chronic Graft versus Host Disease.
    05/2016 Tacrolimus stopped. Prednisone from 30-90mg daily tried. Sirolimus begun.
    09/16/16 Three skin punch biopsies.
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    06/17 Trying various antibiotics in a search for tolerable prophylaxis.
    08/17 Bone marrow biopsy reveals the presence of 2% cells with 20q Deletion Myelodysplastic Syndrome, considered to be Minimum Residual Disease. Active surveillance is the course of choice.
    To date: 18 chemotherapeutic drugs in 9 regimens (4 of them at least twice), 5 salvage regimens, 3 clinical trials, 4 post-transplant immuno-suppressant drugs, the equivalent of 1,000 years of background radiation from scanning from 45+ CT series scans and about 24 PET scans. Two lymphoid malignancies plus a myeloid malignancy lend a certain symmetry to the journey.

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    Dear Tns: One of the most common misconceptions about cancer is that it's some big, monolithic disease that kills you deader than a doornail once you get it, and nothing can be farther from the truth. All the forms of cancer have their own peculiarities and lethality, and while a few can kill quite quickly, a LOT of them are wait and see types. You've had a couple of cancerous small moles removed, and maybe you get some more as the years go by, and it's a good idea to get checked regularly now that you know what to look for. Apart from that, you could live out the rest of your life with no other problems related to cancer, and it's an absolute waste of time to worry about it. In my case, even though I have something that was incredibly lethal, it morphed into something that may limit my lifespan to another 5 years, and that was a hell of a lot longer that I ever expected to live in the 1st place. Cancer is NOT monolithic, and it is anything but a death sentence in a lot of cases. Worry accomplishes nothing, whether you have cancer or not, so you might as well forget that whole concept and enjoy whatever quality of life you currently have.

    Best regards, DMW
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    06/??/16 TSHTF!! 3+7 doesn't touch AML, knocks out immune system, infections nearly kill me. Blasts 65%
    07/04/16 Diagnosis now Refractory AML. [:tombstone:]
    Six 4 week cycles of azacitidine, 21 injections over 7 days with 1.5" long needle into gut AND below navel.
    11/05/16 Wife & I move to North Shore Lake Ponchatrain - Infusion center 4 minutes away.
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    12/28/16 BMB shows CD34 cells 12%
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    04/16/17 BMB shows CD34 16%, cycles dropped to 4 weeks.
    7/20/17 Diagnosis changed to "indolent leukemia", aka MDS
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