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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Topical drugs (on the skin)): Not exactly pleasant, but much better than having surgery. Perhaps will postpone other surgeries in the future.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Mohs 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.

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    I'm so sorry about your fall, your squamous skin cancer, and of course, the original cancers whose side effects and treatment side effects are always with us after active treatment ends. There seems to be more frequent other cancers, such as skin cancers, after a more "major" cancer. I've not had a recurrence of endometrial cancer, but I've had 3 squamous cancers removed in the last 2 years--and two of them required surgery. The most recent one was on the upper lip between the nose and the actual lip. I've learned a valuable lesson, and I wish I had known it sooner: if the MOHs surgeon asks if you want a plastic surgeon to "close up," do it. I was advised it probably wouldn't be necessary, but now it's obvious that it should have been recommended instead of "it's your choice" and no recommendation. So I get to do surgery all over again. It does wear you down, so I understand where you're coming from.

    This past week my younger sister tripped and fell on her face on pavement while walking with a friend to get daily exercise. So I told my brother now he has the dubious honor of having 2 sisters and both of them have scars and stitches on their faces.

    Some of us have destinies, it appears, with more roadblocks along the way. I'm sure you'll continue to work your way through these problems and deal with them with positivity and humor. Hang in and let everyone know when you need something.

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      Thank you Ivy for the kind words. I told the nurse that everyone with a major cancer needs a good cancer. My tumor is just below my wrist. The difficulties involved are there are a lot of veins which could bleed, fine bones and nerves which could be damaged. There is an irony that today is "National Fall Prevention Day"
      I have had three significant falls in the past five months. The middle one I fell against a set of shop shelves made of particle board. I thought the the tumor was a splinter so did my PCP but she couldn't find the splinter and it really looked suspicious so she sent a sample to the lab. I am lucky that my medical system gets results in 48 hours so you haven't heard in 48 hours you are ok.

      10 months ago