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New BCC

  • By Elaine

    Hi
    2 months ago, my back was itchy, when I scratched it, I realized I was bleeding. I then found out I had 2 dark brown spots. Saw my doctor the next day who said it looked like age spots but referred me to a dermatologist to get them looked at. I saw him 2 weeks later, by then I also had a red spot. He did biopsies then called me within a few days saying they are all BCC. He said he would send me to a plastic surgeon to have them removed. All he said was I would require stitches. I am seeing the plastic surgeon tomorrow. I’m a little nervous not really knowing what to expect. I’m not sure if he’ll actually be removing them tomorrow.

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  • By NinaHU Keymaster

    Hi @elaine, it sounds like you had some classic signs of skin cancer. I’m really glad you got in the see the derm right away, and that they did refer you, despite thinking it might be nothing. We have heard good things about seeing a plastic surgeon for the treatment itself. It sounds to me like it might be removed, although I couldn’t say for sure. We have had members who were quite shocked by how many stitches they received, and so perhaps being prepared for some margins to be taken would be best. I hope @sheshe won’t mind being tagged here. I know they experienced BCC treatment as well. Wishing you well, and we’ll be here if you need anything! – Nina, SkinCancer.net Team

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    • By Elaine

      Thanks for replying Nina. I saw the plastic surgeon today, he scheduled me to have it removed in the hospital but my appointment isn’t until March. He explained the procedure to me.

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    • By NinaHU Keymaster

      I am glad he was helpful, @elaine, and prepared you for what should happen. I hope waiting until March won’t be too stressful. Check in whenever you need! – Nina, SkinCancer.net Team

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    • By Elaine

      I’m getting nervous now – having excision surgery on Tuesday. Will I need to take painkillers afterwards?

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    • By NinaHU Keymaster

      Hi Elaine, I have this question posting on Facebook this Thursday, so hopefully that will provide some answers – I did find this article from Sloan Kettering which is both a fill-in-the-blank at your doc’s office and also provides some info about which pain medications will be most helpful. It indicates that over-the-counter meds are used: https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/patient-education/caring-skin-procedure-with-sutures. It is completely normal to find yourself getting nervous as the day gets closer. Good luck today and thinking of you!! – Nina, SkinCancer.net Team

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    • By Judy Cloud Moderator

      Hi, Elaine! I’ve had several excisional surgeries for skin cancer, requiring stitches. Honestly, each experience has been easy – other than when I had a major surgery several years back with 23 areas removed at one time (10 by excision, 13 by laser). Since then I’ve had a few places removed one at a time by excision by my dermatologist. I’m in and out of her office in under 30 minutes, and go to work after. Even though she does an internal layer then external layer of stitches, no painkillers were required. The pain isn’t anything that ibuprofen won’t take care of, and by the next day there isn’t any pain. She has me keep the stitches in for two weeks, and she does such an amazing job stitching that when she removes them, my incision is barely visible. Hoping your procedure goes smoothly and you have a fast, pain-free recovery!
      Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator

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  • By NinaHU Keymaster

    In addition to this super helpful experience from Judy, sending along a reply from Mirella on Twitter:

    “I had a rather large one on my left cheek and did not take anything. All the best!”

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