Forum Replies Created
Over the past (almost) year I have had so many appointments with the GP, Dermatologist, Oncologist,Cancer Clinic…..
They all give me slightly different information and I find it confusing.
The dermatologist seems the most concerned and is adamant about 4 month skin checks.
BTW – I am changing dermatologists as my current Dr. makes me anxious and rather angry after a minimal 1.5 wait each visit.
Both the oncologist who did the WLE and the cancer clinic seemed rather nonchalant, telling me it is low risk and I probably will never have to deal with it again, etc.
(I only went to the Cancer clinic because it is part of the protocol in Canada – gets you into the statistics I guess?)
So I have decided it will be better for my mental health to get my skin checked on a 6 month basis as I think every 4 is too often.
I rarely check this site, but hopped on today and saw yor post. I had a similar melanoma – .86mm / Clark’s 3. I was diagnosed in early April and had the WLE on July 31 – bit stressful to say the least.
I had an Lymph node biopsy-because there was regression,and also because my dermatogoloist freaked me out.
Everything went well – no further signs of melanoma.
I have had a few more biopsies, but more or less feeling back to normal.
Just try and relax as much as possible and I also recommend staying away from google….not worth the anxiety.
Ask away if you have any other questions.
Going to really have to attempt meditation – or something.
I was feeling pretty relaxed about the whole scenario after getting the all clear from the oncologist a few weeks ago. Very short lived as I had a Derm checkup last week and Voila!…2 more spots need biopsy. One is really close to my eye.
Now I am feeling anxious and back to thinking about melanomas again.
Ugh, what a roller coaster ride.
Just saw the oncologist this AM, margins and nodes= all clear.
Very relieved and happy the stress is over!
Everything is healing up nicely, so back to life as usual (with more sunscreen).
All the best.
I am feeling pretty good, not much pain, SNB incision is uncomfortable.
Need to remember to take it easy, tried to do way too much yesterday and I am exhausted today. Going to pull off the bandages tomorrow and assess my new war wounds.
True, but it would be nice to believe when you are wearing sunscreen that it is protecting you adequately.
I like to go cycling, and some trips take hours. I cannot cycle fully covered up or I will melt. Although, I do wear a long sleeve jersey now and I sure hope the sunscreen on my face and legs is doing its job.
More interesting info on sunscreen: http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/9-surprising-facts-about-sunscreen/ Fabulous!
Enjoy your summer – w/ sunscreen of course
Sure hope it is OK to leave it that long 😯guess I don’t really have much of a choice.
Yep – better start riding and get into shape for that 100K+ ride.
Well I just got a hold of the surgeons office, I may get an appointment in August….maybe.
That will be a 5 month wait from diagnosis.
All I can say is aargh!
Wow Rojam – the UK really has Canada beat when it comes to waiting…yeesh!
Universal health care at its finest.
Our health care system is rapidly becoming 2 tier, those with $$ go across the border or go to private clinics (not covered by the medical system) to get things taken care of faster.
I am not really stressed about the melanoma, although admit there is a slight nagging worry that I don’t have the all clear. I just really want to change jobs and great opportunities have been coming up. I am not sure when I will be available so it is causing me great frustration. Luckily it hasn’t manifested into migranes, but I suspect the hives I have had almost 2 weeks are caused by the quiet stress.
Also the biopsy site has healed up nicely, is starting to fill in and look almost normal…and then I will have to start a square one.
My dermatologist referred me to a surgical oncologist that seems to specialize in mastectomies. One the upside – she is very skilled doing SNLBs – on the downside it seems there are many people in need of more urgent care..than me
I almost had to wait 6+ months for a derm appt. – but opted for a Dr. lacking in beside manner to get an earlier appointment. That wait is rather scary, as a few months can make a difference in melanoma cases (i know that now)
I am in Vancouver – you would think that you could get a procedure done here without waiting forever.
Oh well, hopefully I will get an appointment soon.
I wouldn’t even know who to appeal to, to be honest. Our health care system is in dire straights. My dad needed a hip replacement last year and it was going to be a 2 year wait, luckily he found someone who could get him in sooner as he was in serious pain.
I have never needed the medical system much until now, so have little experience with it. It is almost impossible to find a GP – most people go to walk in clinics.
I think I will have to make a fuss to nail down an appointment.
Have fun in Montreal- beautiful city!
You might want to get your thyroid tested. If it is out of whack you will feel exhausted, I went through all that too 🙄 Sorry elly11 – bad of me to assume everyone is in the know re: abbreviations.
My advice to you (because I just went through the same process) is stay off the internet…ie. melanoma horror stories. I worked myself into a state reading stories online, but have really calmed down now, feeling much better and very lucky it was caught at a low risk stage.
I sincerely hope your dermatologist is wrong and the excision will be the end of the road for you.
Keep us posted.