• I was just told I have skin cancer I have not been told what kind yet the scary thing is I have had this lump on my skin for over ten years

    Asked by Lorsgardens on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    I was just told I have skin cancer I have not been told what kind yet the scary thing is I have had this lump on my skin for over ten years

    through the years several Doctors have told me its nothing now on Monday I was told its skin cancer, I'm so scared because I know how long it has been there. I'm waiting for the biopsy results. I went online to do research and I don't reccommend doing that because its to much info. I really dont know what I'm dealing with I so hope the doc. is wrong.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Just because the lump has been there for 10 years does not mean it has been malignant for 10 years.

      over 3 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      In general, it is not possible to tell if a spot on your skin is cancer without a biopsy. My advise to you now, take a deep breath and take it easy. Should the biopsy prove to be cancer, there will be plenty of time for research then. Good luck. Other than a positive update, we hope to not hear from you again.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I had exactly the same situation. The spot had been there for several years, I had had it checked often, always dismissed as nothing by a couple of different dermos. They weren't wrong, the spot changed. It happens. Now you have to move forward. Be thankful you caught it before it got worse.

      My dermo told me on the spot (pun intended) what he thought and I was in surgery (local, out patient so-called plastic surgeon) to have the spot removed and both docs told me what they thought (both were correct), although we waited for biopsy results to confirm. We also scheduled my first scan and the first surgery to look to see if nodes were involved (the worst I have experienced so far is the needle to put the fluid in around the spot that tells them which nodes the spot drains too but that was only once and only a few seconds.). They only took two nodes. That was easy. One of those nodes came back positive so we went back in a week later to remove all the nodes from under that arm (27). Not so easy but not impossible to deal with. They were all clear so I thank my lucky stars they got the one the first time or we might not have gone in for the rest and would have missed it (The reason they only took two the first time is that it doesn't impact your body or its functions. Taking all of them is a different story but again, not impossible to deal with and so far, hasn't left me unable to do anything I didn't do before and I'm a very active man (farmer).). This was all important information I needed to make an informed decision on my treatment options. It may look (and is) scary from this point, but you will feel better if you know the truth rather than being in the dark.

      I too had gone on line, but there is so much information and I didn't have enough facts to really know which was pertinent to me and which wasn't so I stopped. Then once I knew more, I could go back and filter. Much less scary that way and less time consuming in that I don't waste time researching something that isn't of a concern in my journey.

      My advice at this point is to not do anything rash (a drastic change of diet or sudden heavy dose of vitamins can cause more issues that it fixes). Make sure you have your information collected (insurance, etc.) and ready so there is no holdup. They may have given you paperwork to fill out (permission to leave messages, contact info etc). Cover yourself by telling your Dr. and his primary nurse the same info. My center totally messed this up for me and I spent a couple of days and many hours trying to figure out who was calling but failing to leave a message. The clerical nurses had failed to input my basic information into the system. 6 times they failed. I'm in a rural area with only one decent center available within reasonable distance and they think they have a captive audience. If they had competition, this would never happen. I miss living in NYC.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I know how you feel. I had one for about 30 years. There are feelings of rage, betrayal by the medical community, hopelessness, rage that they made me feel so stupid and put me down. Hate, yes, hate and distrust. Fear that I'd continue having horrible stupid idiots for doctors. Disgust and fear of the medical community. It's beyond comprehension that this could happen to me in America. I'm mad at myself that I didn't drive to an ER parking lot, drink lots of vodka, and try to cut it out myself. I live in the same state, where a woman had leaking breast implants, and she drove to a hospital-got drunk to kill the pain and cut out her breast implants, because the doctors wouldn't remove them. I was told that I was too pretty to have a meaningless hole or scar, that it was too small for the lab to take, that in peer review they'd look stupid, insurance wouldn't pay for something that small. I tried to pay cash for the removal and for the lab fees. Several doctors said they had ethics, and they couldn't be bribed. One said-What if U have cancer? I said that I had 2 med insurance plans and they'd pick it up. That doctor told me could bring him under investigation. I even volunteered to sit buck naked at the university teaching hospital to be examined by dermatology students. I did that twice a year for 3 years.

      over 3 years ago

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