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I have a few questions I want to ask

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:30 pm
by Celena
History-Melanoma killed my brother 21 years ago-mu sister has had two removed in early stages.
I have had good screening for years and yesterday was diaganosed with a 7 millimeter non pigmented melanoma on my back shoulder.
I live in the boonies near Eureka Cal. I am wondering if good local surgeon will be as good as driving to SanFrancisco's UCSF Melanoma center as far as removal. I think lymph testing will occur as well.
My local Dermo wants it both done very soon locally. The UCSF clinic may take a few weeks to schedule. Any feeling on whats best-stay local and its done in a few days or travel (which I have no issues with) and get it done by experts in the field but will take longer.

Re: I have a few questions I want to ask

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:56 am
by Catherine Poole
I think it is always good idea to have another opinion and with your family history, it would be a good idea to go to UCSF and be followed there. Another opinion on the pathology is good too. You could then have follow up locally. I hope it all works out for you.