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SoonToBeJD --- 6 years ago -

Anyone have any happy stories regarding this?

I'm having a biopsy done at the end of May and also a CT scan to check out my lymph nodes. Woot woot. Damn me for going tanning as a teenager.

And no, I haven't been diagnosed with anything yet, I'm just in freak out panic mode. 

accountnickname --- 6 years ago -

Everyone I know who has had it had the cancerous spots removed and had no further issues besides just taking greater care. 

Vod Kaknockers --- 6 years ago -

Both sets of my grandparents had skin cancer, they all had the places cut off and lived for years. One was 60 when he died, my other grandfather was 72, one grandmother was 89 when she died, and my last grandmother is still alive and is 83. 

SoonToBeJD --- 6 years ago -

I'm a whole 24 years old. 

AnonymousWife --- 6 years ago -

I'm a whole 24 years old.


I have a friend who is 50 something, she had skin cancer also at the age of 24. She goes to her dermatologist regularly and has "spots" removed when they show up. No other issues though. 

pandamanda0719 --- 6 years ago -

my MIL had it in her 30s, they just removed the cancerous spot. 

gurlplz --- 6 years ago -

I've had suspicious spots removed (cut out) and biopsies done no skin cancer. I have regular yearly checkups. My father had skin cancer and they just froze his off that was it! Wish you well! 

DocsWife --- 6 years ago -

My mom had skin cancer removed about 10 years ago. No further issues for her :) 

Camerons Creations --- 6 years ago -

I had it about 15 years ago. It was in the early stage, and had two surgeries and it was all removed. No problems since :) 

Champ --- 6 years ago -

I worked in dermatology and saw a great deal of skin cancer. It has a very high succcess rate if caught. In the 3 years I only knew of one patient not having a great outcome, but she had a high level melanoma on her scalp that was undetected until it had already spread to her brain.

A great deal of the time with routine skin checks/ biopsies it is caught well before it metastasizd. The CT scan is normal procedure for any patient with melanoma. They will usually routinely repeat the ct scan as well even if it's good the first time. 

Vod Kaknockers --- 6 years ago -

I'm a whole 24 years old.

They were all mid 20's to mid 30's when they had it. You will be ok if that is in fact what it is. 

Mandy May --- 6 years ago -

It also depends on the type of skin cancer it is and when it is caught. Melanoma is more aggressive. And if not caught in time can spread to your organs/ brain.....My mother has melanoma and is ok just gets her check ups and whenever something pops up she gets it removed. Its been a few yrs and all is ok so far. My sisters friend on the other hand isn't as lucky. He is fighting for his life as it has spread throughout his body. If this new treatment doesn't work then unfortunately there is nothing else they can do. His ca. Was caught late. There are other skin cancers that aren't as aggressive. Buy none the less early section is key as with all cancers. 

Alisa --- 6 years ago -

Just be prepared for a scar. I had 2 spots the size of a pin head biopsyed(sp?) And now have 2 scars the size of a pencil eraser. 

Blondie714 --- 6 years ago -

Where do you go to get screened? I'm assuming this isn't something the naval hospital does.

Do they give you a referral for out in town? 

3myboys --- 6 years ago -

I had a melanoma removed a little over a year ago. It was caught early enough so it didn't spread. Thank goodness! I just have about a 2 1/2 inch scar from where it was removed to make sure there were clear margins. After many tests to make sure it didn't spread, I am fine. I just need to go every 3 months for regular skin checks for the next few years to keep a close eye on me and I just am now way more careful about the sun. I've had other spots on me biopsied and they were nothing. Most of those very scars are hardly even noticable.

As for the screening, my PCM gave me a referral to a dermatologist, both are out in town for me. 

BellaLaVie --- 6 years ago -

Speaking of cancer...the president of my company (50 years old) was given a death sentence last year with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. They said the only reason they had him on chemo was to help keep him alive a little longer. Two months ago they said they had to stop chemo bc it was making his body too weak. As of yesterday...he got his scan results and is now cancer free! I'm so happy for him and his family! His little boys can grow up with a dad :) 

sweetcheeks --- 6 years ago -

I had hodgKins @21 and it was stage 4b...I'll be 31 soon....I'm fine ;) 

BellaLaVie --- 6 years ago -

21?! Holy cow =( 

SoonToBeJD --- 6 years ago -

Thank you for the positive responses. Google is my enemy right now.

And for the question regarding the screening... I made and appt with my PCM and he wrote me a referral to a dermatologist. Balboa accepted me for treatment though, so I can't go out in town closer to where I live unless I switch to standard. The care at Balboa really is amazing, so I'm fine with the drive down there. The dermatologist referred to to a hand surgeon to have this particular one removed. It's flat and all the joint crease on the inside of my right ring finger.

And I don't think I care too much about scars right now. I just want to be okay. 

Champ --- 6 years ago -

nd for the question regarding the screening... I made and appt with my PCM and he wrote me a referral to a dermatologist. Balboa accepted me for treatment though, so I can't go out in town closer to where I live unless I switch to standard. The care at Balboa really is amazing, so I'm fine with the drive down there. The dermatologist referred to to a hand surgeon to have this particular one removed. It's flat and all the joint crease on the inside of my right ring finger.

And I don't think I care too much about scars right now. I just want to be okay.


Is that the soonest they could get you in? Because honestly if they have you worked up thinking it's Melanoma (which by the way is what the one you describe would be) they should be getting to you ASAP. Also a biopsy shouldn't be too bad, a little bit of local lidocaine, and a punch biopsy (like a mini cookie cutter usually a couple milimeters in diameter. 1-2 stitches.) Then they'll send it out to pathology, in the case of melanoma 2 pathologist will look at it. If it's negative no worries you'll get to go on eith life, if positive they will have you go back to the surgeon to reexcise the area with larger margins (little football shape is the norm) anything different and you may have to have a graft where they take skin from another location and reattach it.) This is almost always done under local.

Also if it comes back atypical meaning there shows cell changes depending on the degree (mild or severe) they may do the same as above, but with smaller margins.

Google really is not your friend right now, but if I was you if you can get in sooner for the biopsy do it. Ask to be put on the cancellation list, so if someone cancels you can go. If we had someone who we were fairly confident they had melanoma we biopsied the same day (generally speaking all biopsies were done the same day) we did almost everything regardless of location, never referred out for biopsies, but if are referral was needed for hand or plastic surgeon, we called and had them in within 1-3 days. 

SoonToBeJD --- 6 years ago -

Is that the soonest they could get you in? Because honestly if they have you worked up thinking it's Melanoma (which by the way is what the one you describe would be) they should be getting to you ASAP.

Yeah, they do think possibly melanoma. And this whole process is about 5 months in the making. I first saw my PCM in December. The Dermatologist couldn't see me until early March. Then the hand doc couldn't see me until last week. The earliest pre-op appt available was May 18th and they aren't even able to schedule the surgery until I'm at that appt. I'm beyond frustrated/nervous at this point.

Also a biopsy shouldn't be too bad, a little bit of local lidocaine, and a punch biopsy (like a mini cookie cutter usually a couple milimeters in diameter. 1-2 stitches.)
The hand surgeon said I'll be put under general anesthesia and have the whole mark removed and biopsied.

but if I was you if you can get in sooner for the biopsy do it. Ask to be put on the cancellation list,
I tried to get in sooner, but they told me there was no chance =/ Supposedly they'll call if they get an open spot.

With what you're saying, I think I'll try and call the dermatologist tomorrow and see if maybe he can't push the hand dept along a little. I just want answers. I also have to be mindful that I have finals in 2 weeks =( Lame, yes, but I need to be able to write. 

Champ --- 6 years ago -

Also a biopsy shouldn't be too bad, a little bit of local lidocaine, and a punch biopsy (like a mini cookie cutter usually a couple milimeters in diameter. 1-2 stitches.)
The hand surgeon said I'll be put under general anesthesia and have the whole mark removed and biopsied.


That is extreme measures without a small biopsy done first... saying that though would make me worry a bit more (how big is the actual area? smaller than a pencil eraser? larger?)

I'd definately press them to get you in sooner, it just doesn't make any sense at all to me for them to be procrastinating when they obviously think it's a big deal (or they're just knife happy and digging your tricare insurance)

I do truthfully hope for the best. 

SoonToBeJD --- 6 years ago -


That is extreme measures without a small biopsy done first... saying that though would make me worry a bit more (how big is the actual area? smaller than a pencil eraser? larger?)


Smaller than a pencil eraser, but it's the location that makes it so difficult. Messing it up could cause me to lose mobility in that finger or something.

I'd definately press them to get you in sooner, it just doesn't make any sense at all to me for them to be procrastinating when they obviously think it's a big deal (or they're just knife happy and digging your tricare insurance)

I hope Balboa isn't knife happy...

This just sucks and it feels so out of my control. The people scheduling appts don't really understand the gravity of this. 

Champ --- 6 years ago -

I'm understanding the location, but a superficial biopsy wouldnt affect that. (which is personally what I would want until they can verify it is in fact melanoma) a surgery on the other hand does have the risk of loss of mobility, but that's a reason I wouldn't want that done without confirmation. Then again I 100% understand you trus
ting your doctors opinions. Let's say if I was in your shoes and if this was anything other than skin related, I would do the same because I know absolutely nothing about about any other scope of medicine only dermatology, but I've worked at 2 different practices and interned at another when I completed school, and this doesn't sound like standard of care. I'd give your dermatologist a call, ask to speak with a nurse not receptionist and explain your concern of diagnosis they're pushing vs the timeline of getting things handled. Your derm has the ability to do a punch biopsy to make sure this is in fact melanoma before you have a complex surgery on the area, and if he's that confident that the surgery needs to be done because he 100% believes its melanoma he should be up that hand surgeons behind getting this taken care of weeks ago. 

Poe --- 6 years ago -

This just sucks and it feels so out of my control. The people scheduling appts don't really understand the gravity of this.

Maybe they do but have other patients who also need to get in asap, it wouldn't really be fair to those who have had to wait if you went before them. 

SoonToBeJD --- 6 years ago -

Champ, he seemed sure enough it was something because he wanted the whole thing removed instead of just a punch biopsy. I agree that he should've been pushing the hand surgeon. My hand surgeon referral originated from my PCM, so maybe that where the lag is. I looked back at my calendar to line my dates up. I saw my PCM in December, dermatologist Feb 20th, and just saw the hand doc last Friday. Each day passes and I just worry more and have a bad habit a bawling thinking about my daughter. 

SoonToBeJD --- 6 years ago -


Maybe they do but have other patients who also need to get in asap, it wouldn't really be fair to those who have had to wait if you went before them.


Because carpal tunnel is much more urgent. 

Jersey Shore Chickie --- 6 years ago -

My grandma had skin cancer and they were able to remove it all, from her face. She is very fair skinned, but is a sun worshippor. 

SoonToBeJD --- 6 years ago -

My grandma had skin cancer and they were able to remove it all, from her face. She is very fair skinned, but is a sun worshippor.

I'm pretty fair and was a sun worshipper. I haven't tanned in a long time. I'm really hoping it's at a stage where it can be removed and that's the end of it. I'm more than okay going for regular skin checks and staying out of the sun for the rest of my life. I'm scared about the stages. 

Jersey Shore Chickie --- 6 years ago -

She was stage III from what my mom said... and she gets regular checkups but is fine... 

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