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    Ozgirlinuk
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    Hi,

    New here and pretty fretful!

    I’m a 43 year old mother of five – ranging from 21-2yrs 8months.

    My Melanoma was biopsied 2 and a half weeks ago. Depth of 1.6mm, low mitotic rate <1. What's really worrying me is that the tumour was not completely excised. Does the SLNB procedure which is scheduled for Monday (29th) increase the chance of 'seeding' melanoma in an incompletely biopsied tumour????

    Grew up in sunny Australia, have protected my skin all my adult life but was pretty much unprotected as a child.

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    Catherine Poole
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    No, the Sentinel node biopsy will not spread the existing tumor, nor will any surgery spread a melanoma further. That is not how the biology of the disease works. I do hope all turns out well for you and please stay in touch with us. You can read more about the SLNB: http://melanomainternational.org/melanoma-facts/sentinel-node-biopsy

    good luck to you!

    #65477
    Ozgirlinuk
    Participant

    Thank you so much Catherine!

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