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Hi jshearer, I hope you are well. I’m trying to remember how far I was reclined in the chair during Mohs surgery. I think I was fully reclined. It felt like I was sitting in a chair similar to that used by the dentist. I hope that helps. Let us know how it goes. I am hoping for the best for you
Hi @DesC, I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling down and dealing with anxiousness. Having these days with skin cancer is common. If I can help you find any resources or articles, please let me know. Thinking of you! – Nina, SkinCancer.net Team
@bins…I’m sorry you’re having to make this decision. I’m glad your doctor is letting you decide between the two. Both have their positives and negatives.
@ninahu is right. I have had both cryosurgery and topical chemotherapy. I use Efudex when I have to treat topically. I will say those little white spots are permanent, and I can definitely…
Hi @Bins, this is a tough one because it may come down to personal preference. I know @apulliam2000 has talked about the white spots near her lips: https://skincancer.net/life-with-skin-cancer/little-white-spots-cryosurgery-reflections/. She’s had a mix of Efudex and cryosurgery.
Dear @JerseyGirl, you describe each step of this journey so well. The shock when hearing the words “squamous cell carcinoma,” the determination you found, the support from family and the worry about taking care of them – these are all part of so many skin cancer journeys. Thank you so much for sharing your story and I’m so glad the treatment was…
@ronnigordon…It sounds a little silly coming from a 44 year-old, but all I can hear is my mom telling me as a kid to stop picking because it will leave a scar. My sister and I were bad about picking at mosquito bites. Those words have stuck with me all these years, and I hear them every time I’m covered with healing scabs from Efudex.
@stuthepom…I’m so sorry you’re struggling with it. It’s such an intense treatment. I wonder if the alternative they failed to mention was blue light treatment. From everything I’ve seen, it has a similar effect with fewer of the harsh side effects. Too bad they didn’t lay out all your options for you in the beginning. I’m so sorry.
Anxious and down
Hi April, very helpful blog, thanks for that. Excuse me for the personal question but did you say you’ve done this treatment four times? I would hope once was enough. I’m two weeks in and yeah it’s full on, as you know. I was applying twice a day, as instructed, and returned to my Doc as I felt the reaction was excessive. They agreed, so I’ve…
My doctor told me something similar, that much of the damage to our skin is done when we are younger. That’s not to say we don’t continue damaging it as we get older, but at least in my case I’m a lot more sun smart now than I was then – and I sure wish I was then. Thanks for sharing! Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator
Thanks for your words of encouragement for others. Sometimes it seems that new areas of skin cancer are never ending, doesn’t it? Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator
Oh Jim, I’m sorry you’re going through such a battle with skin cancer. I’m sure it’s especially frustrating since you’re in a sunny climate. One thing I know about this community is that it is great for support. Thanks for sharing, and know that we are thinking of you and hoping things get easier. Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator
Noticed your link to this piece when I was posting my own Efudex story. Still not sure how to have the self discipline to keep from picking at the scabs. I think I sort of do it unconsciously by “playing” with a little guy which before I know it is half off, and then I have to finish the process! Never to happy about it afterwards unless they are…
Thanks for the comments. Most appreciated. Yes its frustrating for everyone with this problem. I can understand feeling like, these positive diagnosis never stop.
Since I posted here I have had 3 more biopsies done. Waiting on the results of those.
@david…here’s a piece I did on Efudex and both stages–during and after. The section on healing may come in handy in the next few weeks as you heal.
@david…I’m blown away by “more than 50 surgeries!” You’ve definitely been through the worst of the worst. I’m so sorry.
Isn’t it amazing how such small movements can be so painful around the mouth and chin? It’s so difficult to explain in words to anyone who hasn’t experienced it.