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gblue
04-12-2006, 09:45 AM
I just recently had a lump come up under my arm, after a few weeks of treatment with antibiotics my local dr sent me to see a surgeon. He found a mole on my back the day of my surgery. He removed the mole and the lump.

I just spoke to him today and he said the mole was skin cancer (melenoma) and it had cause the lympnode swelling. He setup a appt with a cancer doctor. I am just wondering what to expect ? He wants the cancer doctor to look over my paperwork and give me his opinion. The appt is a month away and I did a search on google for melanoma but the more I look the more confused I am :)

Ga Lady
04-12-2006, 07:15 PM
Blue, Do you know the Breslow depth of your melanoma? And the Clark Level? Was melanoma also in the lymph node that was removed? If so, what kind of treatments are they suggesting for you? Websites often confuse some when you try to take in too much at once. I know I scared myself silly when I looked melanoma up after my diagnosis. Often times you see and read the worst case scenenarios which makes the "anxiety" worse. Let me know more about your pathology report and then I can tell you what I do know. Ok? God Bless! You're in my prayers!

gblue
04-13-2006, 07:32 AM
I spoke with my family Dr today, he is also a friend. He said that the skin cancer was one of the worst types 4 I think. I am sure the melanoma was in the lymphnode also. He suggested that I see the specialist and see what he suggest. I said what if I do nothing. He said its hard to tell I could have a few good months and then I would be gone, but he said its hard to define a few good 'months' and it varies from people to people.



Thanks.



Blue, Do you know the Breslow depth of your melanoma? And the Clark Level? Was melanoma also in the lymph node that was removed? If so, what kind of treatments are they suggesting for you? Websites often confuse some when you try to take in too much at once. I know I scared myself silly when I looked melanoma up after my diagnosis. Often times you see and read the worst case scenenarios which makes the "anxiety" worse. Let me know more about your pathology report and then I can tell you what I do know. Ok? God Bless! You're in my prayers!

tomh
04-13-2006, 07:53 PM
Melanoma is serious stuff. I so sorry that this is happening to you. Your GP says "a few good months" if untreated, but it takes a month to see the specialist? Geesh! I'd be on the phone looking for another specialist or filling a cancellation. Hope it works out well for you.

FL_Trish
04-18-2006, 07:59 AM
Melanoma is serious stuff. I so sorry that this is happening to you. Your GP says "a few good months" if untreated, but it takes a month to see the specialist? Geesh! I'd be on the phone looking for another specialist or filling a cancellation. Hope it works out well for you.

gblue, Tom made a really good point!
You should call another specialist that would be able to see you sooner.
You can even call the doctor you have the appointment with, and ask them if they could see you before (if there is a last minute cancellation) and/or ask them to give you the name of other specialist.

Remember, it is your body and your life. If you don't take pro-active steps to find out what you have and what your options are, no one else will.

What you don't know could hurt you.

You are in my prayers...