Getting pregnant after diagnosis.

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Nemessis
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Getting pregnant after diagnosis.

Post by Nemessis » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:21 pm

Yes, no? How long did you wait? What did your doctors advise?

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Re: Getting pregnant after diagnosis.

Post by Catherine Poole » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:03 am

Much depends on the staging of your melanoma. The higher risk, the longer you may want to wait. The worry is a recurrence while pregnant. My doctor told me to wait two years. There is no hormonal connection to pregnancy and melanoma that's scientifically proven. I hope this helps you.
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Re: Getting pregnant after diagnosis.

Post by Nemessis » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:09 pm

Thank you. May I ask what stage you had?

Mine was 0.9 mm, un-ulcerated, mitosis of 1, discovered in Dec 2016. Most doctors told me no need to wait, but I decided to wait for two years for my pwn piece of mind.

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Re: Getting pregnant after diagnosis.

Post by Catherine Poole » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:35 am

Yes, I had a mitotic rate of 2, and a .76 lesion. Not high risk but they didn't like the mitotic rate. For further peace of mind you can get a second opinion on the pathology, make sure an expert looks at it, dermatopathologist from a teaching university. (I was lucky to have Wallace Clark, who the Clark levels are named for)
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