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    Webbie73
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    Tomorrow I will be finally having an excisional biopsy for a growth on the concha part of my ear. My dermatologist had referred me out to an ENT for his opinion on 2 growths. While I was at the ENT we spoke of some symptoms I was having with dizziness and tinnitus in that ear. After a hearing work up it was discovered I have unilateral hearing loss in that ear. One thing lead to another and on Monday I am going for an MRI to rule out a benign brain tumor. So besides waiting for my derm pathology to come back I will also be waiting for the results of the MRI. In the meantime I have started PT to help with my balance. Seems my eye are not working together causing strain and balance problems. New glasses should be in next week.

    Next week is my 1 year anniversary of my melanoma diagnosis. I am so looking forward to 2013 being a better year. So far my nerves are doing OK and I am trying to remain upbeat. My biggest concern is how they will remove a growth on my ear where there is not too much skin to work with. Has anyone had surgery on the ear concha ?

    Kathy

    #57884
    Laurie
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    Kathy,

    I have not had anything on my ear concha. But, I just want to say “good luck” with everything! Let us know how you make out. AND, AMEN to a good 2013! Laurie

    #57885
    Lisa P
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    Hi, Webbie – I’m sending you especially good thoughts and look forward to hearing good news when you get your results back from the derm and the MRI. Please keep us posted and, in the meantime, take good care. We’re thinking of you, Lisa

    #57886
    wpatterson4
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    Good luck, Kathy. I hope this all turns out well for you and that you get past it.

    #57887
    YankeesGirl
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    Webbie,

    Thinking of you. Please let us know how you are doing!

    From one Rhode Islander to another….

    yankeesgirl

    #57888
    Lisa P
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    Webbie — I am thinking of you. How did it go today and when do you expect to hear results on the biopsy and the MRI?

    #57889
    Webbie73
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    I am in the “waiting” mode. Biopsy was not an excisional biopsy since it was in a very difficult place to reach. She did a punch with a few stitches. If that comes back as anything that needs a WLE then I will have to find a plastic surgeon or ENT who has experience with skin cancer. I hope to get the results on Thursday.

    MRI was yesterday afternoon and took an hour and half. I will get those results on Friday morning.

    Thank you for asking. Like most people here I hate waiting!

    Kathy

    #57890
    Laurie
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    Kathy, Although you are in the waiting mode, at least the procedures are done. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers over the next few days – wishing you the absolute best results! Laurie

    #57891
    marti
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    Hi Kathy,

    Hope everything will work out well for you, the waiting is so stressful. I had not read your post previously, but I had a melanoma taken out of the auricula of the ear, easier to reach then the concha, since its on the outside. The WLE took a wedge out of the outside, like a pizza slice. I was surprised how well it healed, giving the fact of the very thin skin. I was referred to an head and neck specialist, but decided to have the operation done by a regular melanoma surgeon, in which I had more trust ( a personal decision).

    I am still surprised how well it looks, almost 4 years later ; hardly noticeable, every ear is differently shaped, so logically there are natural varieties, and very few people are comparing right an left ear on a person….

    Wishing you a good outcome,

    Marti

    #57892
    Webbie73
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    Good news on the biopsy….no problem! Still waiting for the MRI results. Thanks for the support. LOL I am finished with skin biopsies!

    #57893
    Lisa P
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    Hooray, hooray, hooray!!!!! L

    #57894
    marti
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    Congrats on the results on your biopsy, no worries about the ear any more, wishing you equally good results on the MRI

    Marti

    #57895
    Laurie
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    Kathy, congrats!! One down and one to go. Still sending good thoughts your way. Laurie

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