Dec 07, 2010 - 11:16 am
Over the recent Labor Day weekend I was in the shower and noticed a small bump to the left side of my groin. It didn’t hurt so I wasn’t overly concerned. I made an appointment with my Primary (same doctor) the Tuesday after the holiday. He felt it and told me he was concerned it may be a Melanoma reoccurrence and gave me a referral to a general surgeon to have it biopsied. The surgeon asked me when my last PET scan had been completed. I told him no one had ever requested a PET as part of my follow-up. Regardless, he requested a PET scan on September 21, 2010 and on September 23, 2010 I had two groin nodes biopsied. Up to this point I still wasn’t concerned. Unfortunately the PET scan revealed several hot nodes in my left groin/pelvic area. The biopsies confirmed it to be Melanoma. The surgical oncologist stated I was Stage IIIb or c. I previously had a 1.2mm mole removed 4 1/2 years ago which was confirmed as Melanoma then subsequently had a WLE and sentinel node removed. Both the margins and node came back clear.