Well, I’m feeling even more old now.  My body is falling apart.  For anyone that has seen me lately, the small spot (about the size of a thumbtack head) on my face still hasn’t healed. I finally broke down and went to a dermatologist yesterday. He thinks the same as I (and stuck me with a needle so he could take a chunk of skin as a sample to perform a biopsy with.) We are guessing either Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  I don’t like either, but I think it is still bothering me more about the fact that the treatment will involve them sticking my cheek with more needles and then taking slices of skin until they determine they have it all.  I guess it could be worse (and I still have to wait until next week to be sure that is even what it is.)

At least I now have insurance, even if it’s a high deductible…that means I will probably have to pay for the entire thing before insurance will really kick in.  I’m so excited…can’t wait 😦


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  1. Donna J. Cruz says:

    I was jsut told I have squamous cell carcinoma, skin cancer. A chunk will be removed in 6 days by a visiting plastic surgeon. We don’t have access to any dermatologist or Mohs surgeon. Please tell me, via email, what you have experienced. Thank you. Donna donnajcruz@hotmail.com

    • redmenace says:

      Well, here’s my deal. I had a small scab that wouldn’t heal. Got it sampled. Came back negative. Still wouldn’t heal. Went back a month later and sampled again. This time squamish cell. It was smaller than a dime.

      Since it was less than an inch from my eye and nose, they decided the mohs surgery was best. (If it would have been any other area, they would have treated it differently.)

      The mohs surgery was basically an outpatient surgery. I was awake the whole time. They started early in the morning since it can take anywhere from 3-5+hrs. They had me in a chair that laid back flat. They then (the only part I really hate) had to poke me with a needle full of numbing medicines. They have to poke a lot, but after the first one or two sticks, the rest are mostly already numb – they are just enlarging the area.

      The rest is how it is described to me since I couldn’t see and really would have passed out if I had (low tolerance to people cutting on me.)

      They cut out the bad area with about a 1-2mm radius around it. He then immediately cauterized the area, put a bandage on it and sent me out to the waiting room. It took about an hr before he had the results and he hadn’t gotten it all.

      So they went in a 2nd time and I guess cut a little deeper. (of course I also had to get a few more shots of the numbing medicine since it had partially worn off in that time.) He then cauterized the area, put a bandage on again and sent me to the waiting room. Again another hour wait. That time, he came back and diagnosed it as all gone. Then, since he wanted me to heal with very minimal scarring and no stretching of my eye, nose or puckering of the skin, he had to cut a much larger area so that when he stitched me back together everything went back just fine. He had a few internal stitches and around 15 external stitches that I had to come back a week later to get removed.

      He gave me some sample scar creams and told me his favorite was the one online kelo-cote I believe it’s called. I assume it’s working as the scar is healing really fast.

      Once I got home, I had some bruising on my face around the area that was worked on (to be expected.) It also took most of the day for the rest of the numbing medicine to wear off.

      It itched a little the next day and that will drive you crazy (because you really can’t scratch it. Otherwise, I was given some Darvocet, but only took it the first two nights to make sure I slept through the night. I didn’t really need it for pain during the day. Acetaminaphine worked just fine.

      Some pictures can be seen at:
      Photos of the before and after
      showing all the gory details.

      If you can’t have the MOHs surgery, here’s the difference as it was explained to me. Instead of cutting a 1-2mm area around the cancer, they cut a 4-5mm area around the cancer to make sure they get it all the first time. They then immediately stitch you up and send you on your way. As long as it’s not on your face or near your eyes, that method should hopefully be fine for you. It being a plastic surgeon, he should really know how to get you stitched back up with very minimal scarring (If that is something that concerns you.) (I’m not a Doctor, though, so that’s just from what I’ve researched myself before I had my procedure done.)
      If it is a sensitive area around the eye or face, then I don’t know what to tell you.

      Hopefully that answers your questions. If not, drop me another email and I’ll answer what I can.

  2. Shirleen Purifoy says:

    Most of the time, skin cancer is caused by too much exposure to UV radiation and malnutrition. ^

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