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  • in reply to: Recurring melanoma, anyone else? #71058
    Farmwife
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    My original melanoma was 1.15 mm thick and the mitotic rate was 4. I had a WLE and an SNLB and the nodes came back clear so we thought we were done with this.

    in reply to: Recurring melanoma, anyone else? #71055
    Farmwife
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    Hi Catherine,

    I live in Eastern Washington state and we travel to Spokane to see the dermatologist and the oncologist. Cancer care Northwest is a company here that treats all kinds of cancers, but my doctor specializes in melanoma and pancreatic cancer. I can assure you I will be asking lots more questions about my pathology results next week when I see both doctors. And will be looking elsewhere if needed. Do you have any recommendations? Or any new thoughts on my pathology results? Thanks so much!

    in reply to: Recurring melanoma, anyone else? #71053
    Farmwife
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    So after doing more research I do find it strange that my lab work says its consistent with recurrent/residual melanoma in situ. That sentence is confusing to me, if I understand things correctly in situ melanoma can’t usually be recurrent/residual since it’s usually a new growth like you stated above. I’m going to ask my dermatologist about this on Tuesday when I go in for more biopsies and also the oncologist on Thursday. What are your thoughts Catherine?

    in reply to: Recurring melanoma, anyone else? #71052
    Farmwife
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    I am going to Cancer Care to talk to the oncologist next week(the same surgeon that did my first SNLB and WLE). He specializes in melanoma and pancreatic cancer. I feel very comfortable with him but I guess I don’t have much experience in this so I could be way off base. My regular dermatologist does the biopsies though and will be doing the new ones next week also. What do you think? Are there some red flags for you?

    in reply to: Recurring melanoma, anyone else? #71050
    Farmwife
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    Also I just looked at my lab work and it says the melanoma is consistent with recurring/residual melanoma😬. I hope it’s a new melanoma though, sounds like that would be the better senorio . Thanks for answering my questions, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    in reply to: Recurring melanoma, anyone else? #71049
    Farmwife
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    Ok thank you. It’s just so weird that the positive mole was growing ON my scar, but we will know more next week. I’m very anxious to get the results of the other biopsies too. I looked again last night at my back and little moles just seem to be popping up all around my scar. Trying not to think about it though…..

    in reply to: Recurring melanoma, anyone else? #71047
    Farmwife
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    The biopsy from last week is in situ so that’s good news. I’m getting a few other biopsies done next week so we will see what those end up being. I just never thought it would recurrence so fast. I’m wondering what treatment will be especially if the other moles come back positive. Or if the oncologist will want to do a ct scan.

    in reply to: Newly diagnosed, help with pathological results please #71017
    Farmwife
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    Little update…..

    I went to the dermatologist and they are referring me to cancer care. I have an appointment next week with them. It sounds like most likely I will have a wide excision and the procedure to check my lymph nodes done. The results of that will determine my stage and we will go from there. The waiting and the unknown is torture! I’m trying to keep myself busy and stay off google but it’s hard. Thank you for the support.❤️

    in reply to: Newly diagnosed, help with pathological results please #71015
    Farmwife
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    Thank you so much for your reply! I am scheduled to see the dermatologist on Monday so might know a bit more then. I really appreciate you taking the time to get back to me.

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