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Ugh...again?

msdeme
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Joined: Jul 2011

I can't believe I am going through this again! In Aug, 2007 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 37 with no family history. 4 surgeries, 6 rounds of chemo later, I had a 92% 5 year survival rate. I came out of it in a better place.

I was at a regular checkup with my oncologist last week and asked her to look at a mole. Now mind you, I casually mentioned it to my PCP a few years ago at a physical, she took a look at it, traced it on a piece of paper and said don't worry about it. I trusted her opinion! The size hasn't changed much since then but the color and height of it has. So, now I am scared because my oncologist wouldn't let me leave the office until I had an appointment with a derm. She even had them move their patients around to get me in sooner and then set me up with another appointment with her to "make a treatment plan". I am kicking myself for not showing my oncologist this mole sooner.

I am a single mom with a sophomore in college and a junior in high school. I am not looking forward to having this conversation with them but will wait until I get official diagnosis. I just feel like I am on the edge of another life changing event and the waiting to get there is pretty much driving me crazy

Can my oncologist know with 100% certainty that this mole is melanoma or is there a chance that it is just "weird"? You know how the waiting game goes and I am on edge and losing sleep. My derm appointment is Tuesday morning.

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disol
Posts: 1
Joined: Jul 2011

When I went to my dermo, yes unfortunately he could tell. But it could be contained to the upper skin layer and then it's a pretty easy procedure and no chemo.

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Zod66
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Joined: May 2008

I'll assume you've had this biopsied by now and know for sure. For those who are casually reading this the only way you will know 100% if an area is cancerous or not is to have it biopsied. My PA looked at my mole and said it didn't look like a problem but after going to a dermatologist, who wasn't sure just by looking at it, and having it biopsied it ended up being Stage III Melanoma.
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tinkerbell91010
Posts: 4
Joined: Aug 2011

My pcp said my mole was ok too, and it turned out to be stage III melanoma too, so i very much agree with you.

tinkerbell91010
Posts: 4
Joined: Aug 2011

What was the results to ur appt?

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