Newly Diagnosed - Insitu

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Newly Diagnosed - Insitu

Post by Lorelle » Fri May 18, 2018 2:59 am

I was recently diagnosed with insitu Melanoma. Biopsy done just under hairline on face it came back Lentigo Maligna Insitu, regression present. Went for the WLE with plastic surgeon, 6 cm scar. Pathology back Superficial Spreading Insitu - Residual atypical melanocytic proliferation along dermoepidermal junction, exhibiting nested lentigious, pagetoid growth patterns. Comprising of some highly atypical melanocytes. No invasion, ulceration or regression identified. Excision of scar is complete with 3.2 mm margins.

I asked surgeon why its not the 5mm, he said he took 5mm but it shrinks somewhat in the formalin? Has anyone experienced this. I am on regular skin checks with lymph node checks as well. I lost my father to melanoma so was sun safe and having yearly checks although none ever checked my hair! .. Luckily this was reasonably visible so spotted early on.

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Re: Newly Diagnosed - Insitu

Post by Catherine Poole » Sat May 19, 2018 7:04 am

Good for you that all is being found early when it is curable. I'm sure you do self exam which is very important. So sorry for your loss of your father. Take good care.
Catherine M. Poole, President/Founder
Melanoma International Foundation

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