This is my first time back to the CSN site for a while, and I'm catching up on the posts. After reading about those of you whose melanoma has recurred (after 5 years?!), I'm really scared. I had surgery in May to remove the melanoma and get clear margins. I also had a sentinel lymph node biopsy performed, and there was no evidence of melanoma in the nodes they removed. My doctors have been optimistic and upbeat. So I've been thinking I'm pretty much in the clear... until today. Realistically, what are my chances of recurrence? Will there ever be a time in my life when I can relax about this (10 years? 20?), or will I have to be vigilant (and scared) forever? Where can I get answers to these questions?
Thanks for listening.