Dec 11, 2009 - 4:51 pm
Here is my mom's story. She had a lump on her eyebrow above her eye and the furthest back she can remember NOT having it is 5 years ago. She has definately had it for 2 years. A ear, nose, and throat doctor removed it assuming it was just a cyst. Turns out it was BCC. My mom and I go back monday to have her stitches removed and discuss options. He told my mom had he known that it was BCC he would have taken more of the surrounding tissues. He said her options on Monday will be to schedule an additional more invasive surgury (im assuming the Mohs) or to let it heal and wait and see if it reoccurs.
My two main concerns are this: I know the majority of BCC does not metastise but my mom has had this lump for several years. How long before something like that metastises? Also, about 7 years ago my mom had gastric bypass surgury. A couple of years after that she became sort of iron deficient. The doctor told her that anemia and iron deficiency is often time a result of the gastric bypass as the area that collects the iron from food is bypassed. To be sure she had annual colonoscopys to make sure she didnt have colon cancer, all negative each time. So now that this type of BCC has popped up should i assume that it has something to do with her iron deficiency and may have metastized? Anyone out there that has had BCC and was iron deficient that can advise?