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    aj1969 asked a questionSkin Cancer - Non-Melanoma

    Has anyone had radiation therapy for Basal Cell. My doctor said this is an option since the cancer is located just above my lip.

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      Ryeman

      Try Curaderm, it worked for me. Cheaper than radiation, burning or cutting. Eats root and all without harming normal skin.

      about 4 years ago
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      Greetings.
      I had Moh's surgery for an area under my right nares that was about a pencil eraser size but started increasing in area. I had this for 4 years. I had to travel due to no one near the area I live does Moh's surgery. It was a good 2 hour trip. (Suppose to be 1 1/2 but with the traffic, I never made it in less than 2 hours.)
      I went to a Skin Surgery Center and received wonderful care.
      I had to return to "The Procedure" chair, because they did not get it all. When they finally had it ALL, I then had to have the area closed. Therefore, another incision to obtain some skin to graft in the area.
      Yes, I have a scar.... I personally do not think it looks too awful bad. It sure looks better than the cancer did.
      My best to you in your treatment. And God Bless.

      about 4 years ago
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      aj1969.... How are you and HOW is treatment going? My BCC was under Right nares as I mentioned and I did post a pic status post MOHS surgery. (VERY MINIMAL SCAR.... I am very impressed with results....) Before surgery the area was pencil eraser size or a little bigger.... and growing quickly ... I had had it for 3 plus years before biopsy.

      about 4 years ago
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    Other Care (Plastic Surgeon): I have talked to my doctor regarding the issues I have involving the Mohs procedure in their office, which would be very hard for me to do because of my spinal injury and panic attacks. The procedure lasts all day, and most of my time would be waiting in the waiting room until the next round. My Dr. has already said I will be the last one there due to the area that is cancerous. (Just thinking about it causes my anxiety to come on strong.)
    So they have scheduled me to see the plastic surgeon 2/10,and will discuss with me having the surgery in a surgery center under anesthesia. This, I believe will be less stressful for me.

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      This will probably be a good idea also. Keep us posted :)

      almost 5 years ago
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      I am on this website because of my husband's pancreatic cancer, but saw your post about the skin cancer. I had skin cancer on my nose a couple of years ago and had the mos surgery. I was so upset at the thought of having a skin graft on my nose, but with a little extra makeup, it really doesn't show.

      I am concerned about your depression and anxiety. I think both are very common when you are facing constant pain and health problems. But when you find yourself withdrawing and not wanting to get out of bed, the depression seems like it's becoming more than you should have to handle on your own. Have you talked to your doctor about it? I hope you will! There may be some medication that can help you get through the anxiety and depression until it eases.

      almost 5 years ago
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      Hi AJ, I, too, had skin cancer, had the MOHS surgery, everything went well and you'll be ok! I had 13 surgeries to get all the cancer removed. It was right above my eyebrow and down the side of my eye. They keep taking small amounts of tissue, view it to see if the perimeters are clean. They keep doing this until the tissue is cancer free. Sometimes, they can get it in one or two times, sometimes, like me, it took 13 times. My Dr was very conservative since it was on my face so he took baby steps. It is an all day deal so take reading material, iPad or laptop is you can. Snack and beverages too. Bring a friend. My daughter ran out and brought back a nice lunch for us. They expect that. It's a long process but it's ok and no pain whatsoever. He gave me a local but with your health issues, not sure what the options are. I went to a plastic surgeon the next day. They taped me up with cotton, sent home and went for reconstructive surgery the next morning. Still no pain that night. That surgeon did a great job, I have very little scar tissue that shows. I had 2 skin grafts that filled in the missing tissue. I lost part of my eyebrow but had that tattooed back on. It's all good and honestly, no pain at all. Please don't worry about this, you certainly don't need too. Time will fly, then you're done. It was the easiest surgery I ever had and I had plenty! I will keep you in my prayers for an easy procedure and fast heal time. Again, please don't worry, no need to have anxiety about this. You'll be fine.

      almost 5 years ago