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    I have my first dermatology appointment on June 15 to get some moles checked out. They are both on my bottom of my left foot, on the sole, and one of them has started changing shape, so I would really like to get them removed asap. Do derms remove moles on the first visit? Or is it something that they look at and schedule a removal for later on? I'm asking because I have been waiting for this appointment for a long time and I do not want to do any more waiting as these moles have me concerned.

  2. #2
    Moderator Senior User IndyLou's Avatar
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    Jan 2014
    If they look at all suspicious (to the dermatologist), they will usually remove and test them on the spot. You could always call the dermatologists' office and ask them, too.
    Age 52 Male
    early Feb, 2013 - Noticed almond-sized lump in shaving area, right side of neck. No other "classic" cancer symptoms
    late Feb, 2013 - Visited PCP for check-up, PCP advised as lymphoma. Did blood work, orders for CT-scan, referred to ENT
    3/7/13 - CT-scan inconclusive, endoscopy negative
    3/9/13 - FNA of neck mass
    3/14/13 - Received dx of squamous-cell carcinoma, unknown primary
    3/25/13 - CT-PET scan reveals no other active tumors
    3/26/13 - work/up for IMRT
    4/1/13 - W1, D1 of weekly cetuximab
    4/8/13 - W1, D1 of IMRT
    5/20/13 - complete 8 week regimen of weekly cetuximab
    5/24/13 - Complete 35-day regimen of daily IMRT
    mid-July 2013 - CT-PET scan reveals no active tumors, but shows necrotic tissue at site of original tumor
    early Sept 2013 - partial neck dissection to remove necrotic tissue. Assay shows no cancer present.
    Spring 2014 - No signs of cancer
    Spring 2015 - NED
    Spring 2016 - NED
    Spring 2017 - NED
    Spring 2018 - NED
    Spring 2019 - NED

  3. #3
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    Jan 2013
    Agree with the above post. My husband did have melanoma (but I am NOT saying that you do They will remove anything suspicious and send off to the lab in the same appointment.
    Husband diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma, 2/5
    Stage 1aNOMO
    Wide Local Excision
    Pathology showed clear margins.

  4. #4
    Regular User
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    It depends on how easy they are to remove. They will often remove them at the time but may bring you back for another appointment, usually soon.


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