Home Forums Melanoma: Newly Diagnosed – Stages I & II I have a few questions I want to ask

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    History-Melanoma killed my brother 21 years ago-mu sister has had two removed in early stages.

    I have had good screening for years and yesterday was diaganosed with a 7 millimeter non pigmented melanoma on my back shoulder.

    I live in the boonies near Eureka Cal. I am wondering if good local surgeon will be as good as driving to SanFrancisco’s UCSF Melanoma center as far as removal. I think lymph testing will occur as well.

    My local Dermo wants it both done very soon locally. The UCSF clinic may take a few weeks to schedule. Any feeling on whats best-stay local and its done in a few days or travel (which I have no issues with) and get it done by experts in the field but will take longer.

    Catherine Poole

    I think it is always good idea to have another opinion and with your family history, it would be a good idea to go to UCSF and be followed there. Another opinion on the pathology is good too. You could then have follow up locally. I hope it all works out for you.

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