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  • #6512

    smerri
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    Had surgery on face 11/7/2017 positive margins. Consultation with my surgeon on 12/8/2017 need another surgery. I am very nervous is this silly of me?

  • #6518

    Judy Cloud
    Moderator

    I’m sorry you’re going through this. Your question is a great question though – and the answer is that no, it is not silly of you to be nervous. I have had skin cancer for over 20 years, and I still get nervous and anxious before every single appointment and every procedure that I have to have done. You’ve definitely come to the right place though – this community is a wonderful support system. The good news? I’ve found (from experience) that the face is the area that heals the fastest from surgery; other areas on the body take longer to heal. It’s okay to be nervous, but know that we will be cheering you on!

    Judy

  • #6588

    Randee
    Participant

    I’m so sorry that you are going through this. It is indeed a very scary thing! I’ve had three procedures on my face. I echo everything from the previous reply. I also feel very strongly, in my cases, it could have been so much worse. Follow post-op instructions! Ice is your friend! You can do this! There are a lot of people here who understand how you feel. Deep breaths, one step at a time. Let me know how it goes? I’ll be thinking of ya. Hang in there! 😘

  • #6589

    Randee
    Participant

    Oops… I meant ICE is your friend! Thanks, spellcheck!☺

    • #6596

      smerri
      Participant

      Thank you appointment went well today next surgery on 1/03

  • #6591

    NinaHU
    Keymaster

    I hope the consultation today will help you understand what to expect, @smerri. Randee, Judy and I will be thinking of you!

    Nina

  • #6597

    smerri
    Participant

    I do feel much better knowing people understand how I feel. My next surgery is on January 3. Thank you for your support!

    • #6607

      April Pulliam
      Moderator

      Keeping you in our thoughts! The anxiety before appointments and surgeries never goes away and is always warranted. I have a routine appointment coming up next week. I have been at this since 2007, and I completely understand your nervousness. Keep us posted after your procedure. We are here for you!

  • #6742

    NinaHU
    Keymaster

    @smerri how did your Jan 3rd surgery go?

  • #6743

    smerri
    Participant

    Honestly I was very surprised when I woke up. A quite large section of my inner cheek and upper lip tissue was removed. Just before surgery I asked my Dr about a little spot at the corner of my eye next to my nose good thing I did that and a smaller spot were also removed more bcc. Tomorrow Friday 1/12 I get my stiches out! Hopefully also get biopsy results plus I noticed a similar small spot on my left temple ugh. I have healed remarkably well.

    I posted before and after pictures on facebook, not for sympathy, in an effort to make people aware of skin cancer. My sister has already gone to a dermatogist so it is working. I refuse to just sit and feel sorry for myself so I am taking a difficult situation and turning it into a positive.

    I appreciate all the knowledge I have gained and everyone’s support. TY 😊

    • #6766

      NinaHU
      Keymaster

      @smerri, I don’t know how I missed this response. Thanks for checking back with details! That is a startling thing to realize – missing flesh! But you are healing well, and that’s fantastic.

      I have noticed that many people use skin cancer photos to show what it’s like. Your post in the q&a was so true. It does make people empathize and understand how serious skin cancer can be. I’m really glad your family is making some progress – positivity is contagious and goes a long way for yourself and those around you!

      You are so welcome! We appreciate having you here 🙂

      Nina

  • #6867

    Salhelwig
    Participant

    Hi all, I have had 3 new positive biopsies of bcc. One is on my face, another on my hand. I am trying to choose a mohs surgeon and having difficulty. One doctor (who I’ve been to before but not for mohs) is a “cosmetic dermatology surgeon in a large practice that offers all kinds of cosmetic treatment. The other is a MOHS Surgeon who apparently concentrates primarily on MOHS surgery. I had only one other MOHS surgery on the back of my neck. It left a rather ugly scar so I am quite concerned about how it will heal. What makes it more complicated, is that the cosmetic surgeon may charge my insurance as outpatient surgery which triggers a deductible of $250 each surgery. The other MOHS Surgeon would only charge me for an office copay. Any thoughts suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

  • #6868

    Judy Cloud
    Moderator

    @salhelwig – You’re facing a dilemma many of us do: how to best treat our skin cancer? Were you comfortable with your non-Mohs doctor? Does the other doctor recommend Moh’s for all three places? Does the first doctor recommend not doing Moh’s at all? Research your options and find what you’re most comfortable with. I’ve had numerous basal cell areas (and 2 squamous cell areas) and zero Moh’s procedures, because my doctor didn’t recommend Moh’s and I’m not comfortable with it for treatment of my basal and squamous cell areas thus far. I had multiple areas removed during one surgery and it only counted as one surgery/one deductible and co-pay. Unfortunately no one can make the decision for you; opinions are all over the place even amongst doctors as to best treatment options and amongst patients as far as the care they received. Find a doctor with whom you’re comfortable, both as a person and as far as recommendations. Please keep us posted!

  • #6871

    Salhelwig
    Participant

    Hi Judy, Thanks for your thoughts and feedback. My non-mohs doctor who is very thorough recommended mohs for my face and hand and excision for bcc on my shoulder. All 3 sites have nodular bccs. I am going back to seeing my non mohs doc tomorrow for a checkup on my chest which has been treated with effudex cream for 2 weeks. ( Another story). I will ask her how essential she thinks the mohs surgery is.
    I also have an appointment with the mohs surgeon she reffered to me in a few days. I can ask him the same. I will also get a copy of pathology report to review. So much to think about!
    My father had a melanoma and I am fair. Had a lot of sun damage as a child. I am in my late 60s and on a Medicare advantage plan which has a $250 deductible fee for each outpatient surgery. The good news is the mohs surgeon that I see on Thursday only charges an office copay for surgeries. I just need to have a good comfort level with him!
    Thanks again,Sally

  • #6873

    Judy Cloud
    Moderator

    @salhelwig Sally, there is so much to consider, isn’t there? It can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. I think having a good comfort level with your doctor is extremely important. It sounds like you will be well informed on the decision you make. Hoping your upcoming appointments go smoothly. I’ll be thinking about you! Please keep us posted.
    Judy

  • #6874

    Salhelwig
    Participant

    Thanks, Judy. I just called my doctors office for pathology report. I am a patient advocate and thankfully know how to advocate for myself, but this is a tough one!

  • #6893

    Judy Cloud
    Moderator

    @salhelwig Hi, Sally! Wondering how your appointment went this week. You were on my mind!
    Judy

  • #7044

    Salhelwig
    Participant

    Hi Judy, Thanks for asking. I’m so relieved to have all 3 MOHS surgeries over now! The one on my face healed pretty quickly. I continue to have a bump on the incision caused by the liwer layer if sutures. This bunp has oozed several times over the past few weeks. I may have to make an appointment with the doctor or nurses if it doesn’t heal soon. Then I had another basel cell removed from the top of my hand which has healed more slowly due to it’s location. I have returned to my normal exercise routine including yoga which I really missed. The third sjte was on my shoulder and that was actually removed eith electro-dessication. It’s still red but looks great.
    The whole process requires constant vigilance to keep each site clean and properly dressed each day. I didn’t hesitate to call the nurses line whenever I had a question or concern. They were very helpful and reassuring so I think I was fortunate to have a great doctor and nurses!!
    So in summary, I am relieved to have had the surgery and pleased that I was able to have it done by my first choice surgeon! Thanks so much for your advice and guidance! All the Best, Sally

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