• What happens now?

    Asked by donna041803 on Monday, December 2, 2013

    What happens now?

    So I just finished my year long treatment of interferon. What happens now? Am I cancer free? What type of side effects will stay with me? I know every situation is different but just wondering what other people have experienced. I was diagnosed with stage 3b and had the mole removed and all lymph nodes in my left arm pit. Then I went through a year long treatment of interferon. I understand will still see oncologist and dermatologist on a regular basis. Will scans still need to be done? If so, what kind?

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    • donna041803's Avatar
      donna041803

      Thanks for all of the information. Very helpful. I had an appointment with my oncologist last week, but they had to move me into December due to over scheduling. I guess I should take that as a sign that they are not concerned and everything is looking good!! She mentioned lung X-rays only, not additional scans. I already see dermatologist every 3 months. She just does body checks. I have a mole on forehead that is itchy. Mole has been there forever but just now started to be itchy. Asked dermatologist if it should be biopsied. She said it appeared to be fine but it was up to me. ????? Should I have it looked at? Would leave a nasty scar but I certainly don't want to take any chances. Any advice would be helpful.

      about 6 years ago
    • daca1964's Avatar
      daca1964

      If you don't like it have them take it off. No sense in worrying about it. They may only have to freeze it off and be done with it. Good Luck.

      Deb

      about 6 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Get the mole off, and be safe. If you don't, you'll be worrying about it all of the time. I had one on my hat line, I was a cake decorator at that time. It was huge, but it didn't hardly leave a scar, and it was almost gone in a year. It shouldn't be as deep as one that's removed as suspected cancer. There's a world of difference. They still cut the root out, but it's not like a suspected cancer site. After it heals up, you can put a daub of concealer on it, or find another way to cover it, wig change, wear a scarf or hat differently. It will be much better than worrying. I get obsessive about any spot anywhere.

      about 6 years ago

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