Aug 17, 2010 - 11:17 pm
I lost my brother to melanoma in 2007 2 years after diagnosis. It was in his fingertip and the dermatologist diagnosed granuloma without doing a biopsy and sent him to a hand surgeon who treated it with silver nitrate for 6 weeks! Anyway, now I have another relative who had a biopsy of a spot on her shin that she had to persuade her dermatologist to biopsy. It's been there since 2007 and the dermatologist just biopsied it last week. It's melanoma (I don't know how deep) and without clear margins so she has to go back for excision. She had vacation (not far from home) planned and asked the dermatologist if it's ok to wait til she comes home in 2 weeks and the dermatologist said "no problem" to wait. I didn't say anything to her but my thought was, "why would you wait? get it off ASAP." That's what I would want. It's not like she's on a cruise. She's at a beach house not 60 minutes from her home. She could go for the excision and be back at the beach house in a couple hours. My question: am I being paranoid? Is it really okay for her to wait? I'm just very worried about her. I don't want to freak her out but if it MIGHT make a difference, I think she shouldn't wait. Should I say something to her?