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    KimKDVM wrote on SRikard's wall

    Mole mapping uses digital photography to map your entire body and store it on CD for your derm to use for comparison at each visit. This is especially helpful if you have too many to keep track on by yourself. Just remember to look for change.....

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    KimKDVM wrote on SRikard's wall

    Just popping in to say hi. Hope you are hanging in there.

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      SRikard

      Thank u so much. Who do I get to do that?

      almost 4 years ago
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      KimKDVM

      Your dermatologist can, or if you have a good friend and good lighting, you can take your own digital pictures. They need to be close up so you can look for change.

      almost 4 years ago
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      SRikard

      Thank you

      almost 4 years ago
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    KimKDVM wrote on Glo's wall

    Just Checking in, how ya doing...

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    KimKDVM wrote on SRikard's wall

    Mole mapping would probably be a great idea, and don't forget to post your pathology report. There is a ton of info on it and will be very helpful as to what you need to do next. You can also check out the Melanoma Research Foundations website as well AKA MPIP.

    Janner has the genetic mutation and has had 3 recurrences, all new primaries. That site has been a godsend for me and is easier to navigate. I visit this site and MPIP on a regular basis. There is even a live chat room and you will get quick response by several patients, even "old timers" like me :).

    Take care, aloha, Kim

    PS - I go by Kim K on the MRF website. Hope to see you there as well.

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    KimKDVM wrote on MamaFagan03's wall

    How did your ultrasound go? Hope you are feeling OK. ((hugs))

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      MamaFagan03

      HI Kim! My ultrasound came back as "a mass consistent with a hemangioma, but could be a highly veinous toumor" . 'MRI or Biopsy is recommended if there are underlying health issues'. These are the two responses given by the nurse who passed on the information to me. I was told my DR was out of the office this week and it would probably be the end of the month before I would hear from him about the next step. Keeping fingers crossed! Thanks for checking on me! (Hugs)

      about 4 years ago
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    KimKDVM wrote on Glo's wall

    Hi Glo - before they do a wide excision, if the depth was greater than 1.0 mm deep, or if it was an ulcerated lesion, a sentinal node biopsy needs to be done first!

    I know this because of personal experience, my derm did NOT do the SNB first and mine was initially 2.06mm deep. When I finally went to my surgical oncologist he was furious the derm had even touched me after my initial diagnosis. They can do the SNB then immediately do the WLE AFTER the SNB, but during the same appt. If you caught it early though, you may not need the SNB.

    If they do the wide excision first (WLE), it will mess up the drainage paths to the sentinal node from your tumor. The SN as it is called, is the first node to become cancerous and an early detector of spread (in most cases).

    Talk with your doctor and get your pathology report. Knowledge is power over something we have no control over. It will help determine your possible treatment plans and future risk.