Oct 21, 2009 - 4:36 pm
I am 18 years old and about a week ago I got what I had been told was a small cyst removed from my left shoulder. Today the surgeon told me it was a malignant spindle cell tumor but only about 2.5cm big. He refered me to a surgical oncologist and told me that the outlook should be pretty good since the tumore was so small. He also mentioned that when he was removing it he noticed that it looked abnormal so he removed more of the surrounding tissue than would usually be removed. I'm trying to stay positive but this is all really sudden. Does anyone have any information on this type of cancer caught early? I know that this cancer often reoccures in the lungs. Should I be worried since my first tumor was so close to that area? This is all really scary, but I'm hoping for the best since the tumor was so little and caught so soon.
If anyone has any stories about this I'd be glad to hear. I read somewhere that the survival rate is less than 5 years after the discovery of tumors for this cancer. Is this true?
Thanks so much.