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Melanoma Excision


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Old 12-26-2017, 04:53 PM   #1
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Melanoma Excision

I had a little squamous cell growth on a finger a couple years ago (either cut out or shaved off--I donít know because I didnít watch--by the dermatologist in his office). Because of that, Iíve been on an annual dermatologist exam cycle since then. In spring of this year, I had appendicitis and an appendectomy. The lab report showed the appendix to be swollen with appendiceal cancer and I was also diagnosed as having a slow-growing (ďslovenlyĒ) lymphoma at that time.

During my annual exam this month, the dermatologist found a ďfunky looking moleĒ (his words) that turned out to be a melanoma. I got referred to a plastic surgeon, lucked into an initial consult appointment 3 days later and--better yet--lucked into an opening in his surgical schedule the next day. The melanoma was excised less than a week after the dermatologist told me about it and Iím now on a quarterly dermatologist exam cycle. End of story (hopefully).....

Anyhow, Iíve read that melanomas can be a repetitive thing and the odds of that being the case are higher because of my lymphoma. When I try to ask the docs what my probability of recurrence is, they all waffle and dance around my questions and avoid giving me an answer as if their lives depended on not answering me.

Does anybody have any idea whether recurrence for me is unlikely, likely , very likely or almost guaranteed?

 
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