Re: Understanding pathology results - Melanoma
Hello and welcome!
It's been a couple of weeks, so I do hope you receive this. The doctors will be able to know more about your wife's melanoma after her wide excision, but with the information given here her prognosis should be good. At a depth of 1.1mm, it's standard procedure to do a sentinal node biopsy - the docs do so for anything greater than 1mm. Keep in mind that 1mm is really, really, really thin, and the reason the docs want to do a SNB is to rule out any spreading. I've encountered individuals who had melanomas that were greater than 3mm, and the lymph nodes were not impacted. I also know the toughest part in all of this is waiting. When I was diagnosed with melanoma, I couldn't wait for the doctor to get that out of me! But the most important thing is for your wife to be delivered of a healthy baby.
By now your wife should have had her wide excision and probably should have had the results from that surgery. The surgeon should have been able to tell you two what the rate of spreading is (mitotic rate). That is a big indicator of whether the melanoma is very fast growing or more slow growing.
I know the panic that can set in with a diagnosis of melanoma. I was diagnosed in 2007 and the depth was .7mm. It is now 5 1/2 years later and so far there is no evidence of disease. You two will get through this! Good luck!