clhennessy's Journey with Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient: Skin Cancer - Melanoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 36, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, c-kit positive: Don't Know

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    • clhennessy
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Simple removal surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The pain in the location was present for a few days, but the biggest challenge was the location. It is in the center of my back, so I can't change the bandages myself. I'm also allergic to adhesive, so my skin was turning very red and irritated.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • clhennessy
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Officially diagnosed with melanoma

    Oh No

    When the dermatologist was worried about the mole she found, I wasn't too worried, because my parents have had basal and squamous cell skin cancer, which is very treatable. My heart dropped, though, when she called to inform me that I had melanoma. I always wear sunscreen and try to avoid sun exposure as much as possible, so why did this happen to me? The reassuring part is that I do visit the dermatologist yearly, so the melanoma should not be more than one year old.

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    • clhennessy
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Choosing a surgeon

    Decision Point

    Since I am most comfortable with my family practitioner, I spoke with her about the treatment needed, and she referred me to a plastic surgeon, who is also a dermatologist. I met with him and decided to go with his services. Now, it's fingers crossed that the cancer has not spread and will be taken care of with the surgery!!

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