aj1969's Journey with Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma

Patient: Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 47

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    • aj1969
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I suffer from other health conditions that keep me bedridden and depressed. When I was diagnosed with cancer I wasn't sure how to react except confused. Not sure how I will be able to keep up my strength when it has been one illness after another. Also, in 2005, I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction due to pre-cancerous conditions following 4 lumpectomies. One of my biggest concerns now, is to talk to my children.

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    • aj1969
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I saw my Dr. Thursday, 1/19/12 and was given info on Mohs surgery for my skin cancer. The only problem is I suffer from other conditions causing severe anxiety with panic and chronic pain. If I do the Mohs surgery I will have a very hard time working through the procedure which will be an all day appt for me. I can't sit in a waiting room all day with my back disorder, and also afraid of having a panic attack while there waiting. The Dr. agreed that it would be a long day due to the area of my cancer . Because of my other medical conditions we believe our best bet would be for me to get treatment with their plastic surgeon. I have not heard back from the Dr. as of today and I am anxious to know what my options are now. I don't feel like I am moving forward with this. I feel like I am stuck. If I do decide to go with a different treatment, will it be as effective as the Mohs is?

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    • aj1969
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Plastic Surgeon

    Other Care

    I have talked to my doctor regarding the issues I have involving the Mohs procedure in their office, which would be very hard for me to do because of my spinal injury and panic attacks. The procedure lasts all day, and most of my time would be waiting in the waiting room until the next round. My Dr. has already said I will be the last one there due to the area that is cancerous. (Just thinking about it causes my anxiety to come on strong.) So they have scheduled me to see the plastic surgeon 2/10,and will discuss with me having the surgery in a surgery center under anesthesia. This, I believe will be less stressful for me.

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