leeki's Journey with Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma

Survivor: Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 9 years ago, Male, Age: 58

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    • leeki
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Biopsy revealed basal cell carcinoma. Referred to specialist for consultation and treatment.

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    • leeki
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    Very suspicious spot between my toes (black, irregular) turned out to be a fungal infection and not melanoma. Whew!

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    • leeki
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Non-Melanoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Mohs surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I've had 5 Mohs procedures now, so I pretty much know what to expect. The first one was the hardest, since I had 3 large tumors and one in a very sensitive location. It was close to my eye but my surgeon did a great job. I considered plastic surgery but it healed quite nicely with very little scarring. The main thing I would say is don't ignore the warning signs like I did being stubborn and hard-headed. All those thousands of hours in the sun really do take their toll. Now I wear long sleeves, long pants and use SPF 30 (at least) religiously. I don't have the tan I used to, but if I can get through this 6 month checkup without a new lesion, the doc says we can go on a one year plan ! Yippee! If you do have Mohs, be prepared; it is time-consuming as the pathology is done in the office after each surgery procedure. It's kind of like the military, hurry up and wait! Make plans to spend half a day (at least) in the doctor's office, but it's worth the wait. The surgery wounds take about 6 weeks to heal so be patient with the healing process as well. Overall, it's not that bad.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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