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    Old 12-11-2006, 09:55 AM   #1
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    Stage 1B Melanoma-SCARED

    Had surgery- and Sentinal Node biopsy- no cancer cells in margins or in lymphnodes. now oncologists want me to get a PET scan to make sure no melanoma has spread anywhere else. He says I have an 85% chance that I was cured with surgery-but am STILL SCARED. Has this happened to anyone before? what treatment have you had? Please respond with any knowledge! AM going CRAZY worrying about it!

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    Old 12-16-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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    Re: Stage 1B Melanoma-SCARED

    I have had two melanomas, one in l987 and one in l992.

    I have never had sentinal node biopsies or a pet scan. I am not sure they
    were doing them then.

    I go and be checked now at least once a year. Aft first I had to go every
    six months.

    I think your melanoma was in the very early state. My last melanoma was
    a level 2. Melanoma if caught early is very curable.

    I do check myself monthly for any moles that have changed in color and/or

    I found both of my melanomas myself. The key color is black.....

    I was seeing a dermatologist in DC and he didn't think the last one was anything, he said if you will feel better I will take if off. I said take if off,
    three days later he called me and said it was melanoma. He said how did
    you know....It really didn't fit the melanoma mold, it was a small black
    place about the size of a pinhead. The key is if there is a lump under
    it and black color. Of course irregular is also a sign.

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