SteveR's Journey with Basal Cell Carcinoma, Skin Cancer - N...

Survivor: Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma > Basal Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 8 years ago, Male, Age: 55

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    • SteveR
    • Experience with Basal Cell Carcinoma, S...
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Basal cell cancer #1: On tax day 2009 (Apr 15th), I was diagnosed with Basal Cell skin cancer on my left temple. A small discolored spot in the hairline, it had been there several years.

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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was referred to a local plastic surgeon for removal but this person 'Completely' missed the cancer. You read correct, missed the cancer altogether. I was dumbfounded. My wife went into action calling doctors, hospitals and clarifying a direction because I was in disbelief.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Mohs surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I went to Hershey Medical MOHS surgery center. This procedure removes the initial spot, takes the skin immediately to the on-site lab to determine whether all the cancer has been removed. My surgeon cut 3 more times before all my cancer was removed. It was at least double the size underneath the skin surface. My new plastic surgeon recommended I allow the wound to heal from inside/out and change bandages daily. It took around 3 months for that wound to close up. This process reduced the scarring. I 'Highly Recommend' the doctors/teams at the Hershey Medical Center.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I the treated area finally closed up on Labor day 2009. My goal is to make people aware of the skin cancer threat and learn from my experience. As a light colored hair/eye person, I am more at risk to sun exposure. My cancer was probably damage which was done 10-20 years ago and finally caught up to me at 47. Don't ignore those weird looking spots on your skin.

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    Cancer is back/Recurred

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    Basal cell cancer #2: Biopsy taken on 11/12/10, another spot the size of a small fingernail. This spot just appeared within the last 2 months, it was rough, peeled and bled a couple of times. Surgery on Jan 12th 2011.

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    Mohs surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery #2 took place on Jan 12th 2011. This surgery took 4 cuts to get all the basal just like the first one. The site was only 1.8cm (first one 3.1cm) and I am hopeful this will close faster.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Basal #2 closed up on March 13th 2011.

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