Ivy's Journey:

Patient: Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 4 years ago, Female, Age: 74

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    • Ivy
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, S...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Simple removal surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Summer 2017. Had surgical removal of area on upper chest. Required 6 staples to close. Very hard to keep bandaged and covered properly. Surrounding skin too sensitive to suffer adhesives on tapes. More pain than doctors admitted to. MD very chinzy with pain medication as being blamed for opiod epidemic. If you need it, you're not likely to get it. (Same following sinus surgery last year.) Final result satisfactory.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. 2
    • Ivy
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, S...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Just Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Another squamous skin cancer. This time on upper lip area. Mohs surgery next week, probably followed by a bit of plastic surgery.

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  3. 3
    • Ivy
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, S...
    about 2 years ago
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    Mohs surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Have had two surgeries, about a year apart, to remove skin cancers. One had many small sutures, recovered nicely, but took months for all pain to go away. The second one, Mohs surgery on my upper lip, was pretty miserable. The surgery is one day and the closing up is a day later. Even old ladies don't love have a big scar on the face!. Not a pleasant experience, and it may require scar reduction sometime this year.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Ivy
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, S...
    about 2 years ago
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    Topical drugs (on the skin)

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Not exactly pleasant, but much better than having surgery. Perhaps will postpone other surgeries in the future.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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