Re: Melanoma Treatment Question
Hello and welcome!
I, too, was diagnosed with melanoma back in March 2007. Mine was .7mm, so it wasn't very big at all. Still, any time the doctor says "melanoma" it is very frightening!
Although melanoma can be an aggressive and fast-growing cancer, waiting the 3 weeks until 11/22 shouldn't matter in the larger scheme of things. Your doctor is already going ahead with a PET scan (good thing!), which will determine if the lymph nodes are involved. At 2.6 in depth, waiting 3 weeks is probably not going to add all that much more to the depth of the melanoma - if any at all. Besides, you must also think of your mental well-being: if you will be stressing over trying to get $6,000, that is not going to do anything good for your physically. It's really best to avoid stress wherever possible right now.
It seems your doctor is on the right track, and, being from New Zealand, you are in an area of the world that is known for melanoma treatment. You should do well. I'll be sending good thoughts your way. Good luck, and keep us posted!