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    slilly
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    The doctors I have seen for first and second opinions stress that the second surgical procedure needs to occur within 30 days of the original biopsy. I have an appointment with an oncologist to discuss the second surgery but it will have been over a month when I see her. Does anyone know of specific time frames recommended and why?

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    Catherine Poole
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    Welcome to the forum. You didn’t mention the depth of your original melanoma and the method of the biopsy. If it is a thin lesion and excisional biopsy performed, there shouldn’t be a huge hurry for the reexcision. But if there are other variables, I would say a month is a good time frame. Why are you getting the opinon of an oncologist? Are you scheduled for a sentinel node biopsy as well?

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