In Response to Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!:
Nicki, I wish it was as easy as your husband had. The dermatologist already took off most of the mole, but they believe that it may be deeper than what she took off, so first they have to inject me with a radioactive isotope, to see where the spot on my forehead "drains". Then the general surgeon goes in and finds the lymph nodes that may have received any of the malignancy. That takes about 2 hours. Then the plastic surgeon, goes in where the melanoma was and searches about 2 centimeters around the spot and has that biopsied. He then has to bring everything together so I look somewhat normal. He told me he was very good at that. ( ego or confidence?) That also takes another 2 hours. A couple weeks later I go to the oncologist to get the results as to whether I will need Chemo or radiation. We are hoping that most will be clear, but will not know until they get in there. So, all good thoughts are welcome. Thanks to all the wonderful members of VBB. I must mention that we are very lucky to have an excellent hospital close to us as well as resources of both University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.
Posted by Barbara B
The "spot" my husband had was about the size of a dollar coin, if anyone remembers the old $1.00 coins. He had it for a couple of years and the Dr just kept saying "it's nothing" I pushed to get a referral to a dermatologist about something else and as soon as he walked into the room he asked how long the Melanoma had bee there. I just knew it wasn't "just nothing". Always trust your gut feelings.
I am glad you are in good hands and I hope and pray all goes well.