Skin cancer is all gone

fauxma
fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Went to the dermatologist today. He had planned to do an excision on the area where he did the the skin biopsy and found a small cancer. The spot that is left is so small that we went with burning it off and doing a follow up in a month to see that it is gone. We could have done a punch and stitches, used a topical cream, or done the freezing. He is also going to do another full skin check in a month. He wants to follow me pretty closely for awhile. I went originally in November and he found this cancer and several pre cancer spots so he decided that he wants to do more frequent visits. So I will see him in February and then in May and then if nothing shows up, we will probably go to every 6 months. Glad he is being so diligent cause to be honest at my age I have so many weird skin things I don't know what is a mole, a wart, a skin tag, rosecea, styes on my eyes, solar spots, pre cancer, cancer, age spots etc. I have them all. So I will leave it up to his expertise. So all if good.
Stef
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  • Jeanne D
    Jeanne D Member Posts: 1,867
    Good news Stef ♥
    I wasn't for sure if this was good news or not, but, it is, isn't it? That was great that he burnt it off instead of doing an excision. My husband and I had back to back appointments with my dermatologist awhile back, and so far, we are ok. They really look us over, don't they? lol But, that is a good thing. Your doctor sounds like he is going to stay on top of this and that is what you want Stef. Please let us know when you go in February so that we can send you big hugs and prayers! Congrats sweetie on the good news! You look MARVELOUS!

    Love, Jeanne ♥
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    Jeanne D said:

    Good news Stef ♥
    I wasn't for sure if this was good news or not, but, it is, isn't it? That was great that he burnt it off instead of doing an excision. My husband and I had back to back appointments with my dermatologist awhile back, and so far, we are ok. They really look us over, don't they? lol But, that is a good thing. Your doctor sounds like he is going to stay on top of this and that is what you want Stef. Please let us know when you go in February so that we can send you big hugs and prayers! Congrats sweetie on the good news! You look MARVELOUS!

    Love, Jeanne ♥

    Yes, it was good news. It
    Yes, it was good news. It is all gone and I didn't have to have stitches or shots to numb it or anything. And February should be a breeze. Just a good look see. Thank for your kind thoughts. Aren't we all just too wonderful in our youth and even now.
    Stef
  • Aortus
    Aortus Member Posts: 967
    Hurray!
    So glad to know all is going well, Stef! I just had a bout with the dermatologist meself: he froze off about 12 or 14 skin tags a couple of days before Christmas. I hadn't expected it to sting like it did. I was delighted to find out that he didn't find any of my weird skin things to be concerning. High five to us!
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    Aortus said:

    Hurray!
    So glad to know all is going well, Stef! I just had a bout with the dermatologist meself: he froze off about 12 or 14 skin tags a couple of days before Christmas. I hadn't expected it to sting like it did. I was delighted to find out that he didn't find any of my weird skin things to be concerning. High five to us!

    Aortus
    Glad to hear that all

    Aortus
    Glad to hear that all of them were okay. Yes, it is so cold it actually burns and stings. I have had this done many times for other stuff like warts and skin tags so I knew what to expect but it still catches you by surprise. But still not as bad as the lidocaine to do the biopsies. The cheek one wasn't too bad but the nose ones, ouch. That area is so sensitive. It actually stung more than the sentinel node shot did. I would have said that the breast is more sensitive but that wasn't true for me. But it is only for a moment and then it goes numb so it was doable. But I was glad that we weren't going to have to do the numbing. So high five right back to you. Isn't it weird all the skin stuff that shows up as we age? And they show up overnight or at least that's how it seems. Glad you had them looked at cause you never know for sure what they are.
    Stef
  • DianeBC
    DianeBC Member Posts: 3,881 Member
    fauxma said:

    Aortus
    Glad to hear that all

    Aortus
    Glad to hear that all of them were okay. Yes, it is so cold it actually burns and stings. I have had this done many times for other stuff like warts and skin tags so I knew what to expect but it still catches you by surprise. But still not as bad as the lidocaine to do the biopsies. The cheek one wasn't too bad but the nose ones, ouch. That area is so sensitive. It actually stung more than the sentinel node shot did. I would have said that the breast is more sensitive but that wasn't true for me. But it is only for a moment and then it goes numb so it was doable. But I was glad that we weren't going to have to do the numbing. So high five right back to you. Isn't it weird all the skin stuff that shows up as we age? And they show up overnight or at least that's how it seems. Glad you had them looked at cause you never know for sure what they are.
    Stef

    Glad that everything turned
    Glad that everything turned out ok for you Stef!

    Hugs, Diane ♥
  • Jeanne D
    Jeanne D Member Posts: 1,867
    Aortus said:

    Hurray!
    So glad to know all is going well, Stef! I just had a bout with the dermatologist meself: he froze off about 12 or 14 skin tags a couple of days before Christmas. I hadn't expected it to sting like it did. I was delighted to find out that he didn't find any of my weird skin things to be concerning. High five to us!

    Hey Joe ♥
    I am sending you a high five too, even though I don't do those. LOL Just happy to know that your doctor didn't find any weird skin things to be concerned about. Great to know that you take care of yourself too as we know what excellent care you give our Moopy!

    Love, Jeanne ♥
  • Ritzy
    Ritzy Member Posts: 4,381 Member
    Jeanne D said:

    Hey Joe ♥
    I am sending you a high five too, even though I don't do those. LOL Just happy to know that your doctor didn't find any weird skin things to be concerned about. Great to know that you take care of yourself too as we know what excellent care you give our Moopy!

    Love, Jeanne ♥

    Congrats!
    Congrats to both of you, Stef and Joe for the good results!

    Sue :)
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    Great news!
    So happy that the solution was relatively simple and that there are no other problems with your skin. It's great that you're getting checked so regularly, too. You've inspired me to go ahead and make that appointment for a full body check with my dermatologist. I have other skin issues, but after my cancer diagnosis she recommended yearly checks. Guess I have to be ready to bare it all, huh? Well, I'll schedule it right after my annual gynacological exam and get all the nakedness done in the same week.

    Relieved for you, Stef.

    Mimi
  • blazytracy
    blazytracy Member Posts: 157
    Congrats!
    I know what you are talking about girl! My next appt is the 28th. I go yearly because I am a transplant patient and am way more apt to get skin cancer..Actually just finished last chemo for breast cancer..I asked my Dr. why the chemo couldn't just fix the skin cancer also?? haha.
    I have had two actually "outpatient surgeries they called them (op table and all"), one on my chin and one on my shin...ooooh that numbing shot hurts!!! And a few excisions, and also had the burning on several sites too.
    I have noticed a bunch of new spots after diagnosis for breast cancer so that is why I am going in 4 mos. early.
    I want to tell all the young girls nowadays to STAY OUT OF THOSE TANNING BOOTHS!!!!! BUT THEY WON'T.
    Good luck on future skin care...it sucks doesn't it?????????
    Tracy
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member

    Congrats!
    I know what you are talking about girl! My next appt is the 28th. I go yearly because I am a transplant patient and am way more apt to get skin cancer..Actually just finished last chemo for breast cancer..I asked my Dr. why the chemo couldn't just fix the skin cancer also?? haha.
    I have had two actually "outpatient surgeries they called them (op table and all"), one on my chin and one on my shin...ooooh that numbing shot hurts!!! And a few excisions, and also had the burning on several sites too.
    I have noticed a bunch of new spots after diagnosis for breast cancer so that is why I am going in 4 mos. early.
    I want to tell all the young girls nowadays to STAY OUT OF THOSE TANNING BOOTHS!!!!! BUT THEY WON'T.
    Good luck on future skin care...it sucks doesn't it?????????
    Tracy

    Tracy,
    I know what you mean

    Tracy,
    I know what you mean about the young girls and tanning booths but I didn't listen about using baby oil and baking in the sun. Fortunately we lived in an area that didn't have too many hot days so it saved me from overdoing it. I also tanned rather than burning. But it's all not good for us. Glad you are going in early for your check.
    And Mimi, yes, get naked and let them look you over. I liked your doing them the same week. Too bad they can't all get together and do it one right after the other. And what is the purpose of the stupid drape if they are going to be looking all over your body anyway. Oh, I know so we don't get cold. Yeah, that's why it opens down the back or front depending on what they are doing.
    Thank you all for your kind words. Now just waiting to hear from the gastroenterologist and then I should be good for awhile. Tests, can't live without them, can't wait for them to be over. LOL
    Stef
  • Mama G
    Mama G Member Posts: 762
    fauxma said:

    Tracy,
    I know what you mean

    Tracy,
    I know what you mean about the young girls and tanning booths but I didn't listen about using baby oil and baking in the sun. Fortunately we lived in an area that didn't have too many hot days so it saved me from overdoing it. I also tanned rather than burning. But it's all not good for us. Glad you are going in early for your check.
    And Mimi, yes, get naked and let them look you over. I liked your doing them the same week. Too bad they can't all get together and do it one right after the other. And what is the purpose of the stupid drape if they are going to be looking all over your body anyway. Oh, I know so we don't get cold. Yeah, that's why it opens down the back or front depending on what they are doing.
    Thank you all for your kind words. Now just waiting to hear from the gastroenterologist and then I should be good for awhile. Tests, can't live without them, can't wait for them to be over. LOL
    Stef

    I believe going through the chemo....
    will take away the skin cancer, right? Just a sideline to this post, but a BONUS to those of us who are worried about all that sun worshiping we did when we were younger coming back to haunt us.
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    Mama G said:

    I believe going through the chemo....
    will take away the skin cancer, right? Just a sideline to this post, but a BONUS to those of us who are worried about all that sun worshiping we did when we were younger coming back to haunt us.

    Mama G
    I am not sure that

    Mama G
    I am not sure that doing chemo for breast cancer does anything to skin cancers. Chemo are so selective in what works with which cancer. There are topicals that are used for some skin cancers and I am sure when the skin cancer has spread or is a melanoma that chemo is used. But I don't know if just having any chemo would affect a skin cancer. It would be nice and a definite bonus if it did. My sister did chemo for breast cancer and she was sent to the dermatologist for evaluation of a growth on her back. It wasn't cancer but obviously they were concerned that it was. I could be wrong about this and I hope that I am because there should be an upside to chemo.
    Stef
  • Moopy23
    Moopy23 Member Posts: 1,751 Member
    All is Gone and Good!
    So glad, Steff, that you didn't have to go through an excision or the other more painful options. Poor Joe looked awful with all the spots where he got the freezing spray. I felt so badly for him, and he was stoic about it. Your dermatologist sounds wonderful, very thorough and taking no chances. It's very reassuring to know you're being monitored so well.

    Since you did it, I guess I will call my PCP and get a referral for a body scan, too. Like Mimi. You are an awesome "big sister" who sets a great example for us--but I ain't looking forward to that scan, either.
  • New Flower
    New Flower Member Posts: 4,294
    fauxma said:

    Mama G
    I am not sure that

    Mama G
    I am not sure that doing chemo for breast cancer does anything to skin cancers. Chemo are so selective in what works with which cancer. There are topicals that are used for some skin cancers and I am sure when the skin cancer has spread or is a melanoma that chemo is used. But I don't know if just having any chemo would affect a skin cancer. It would be nice and a definite bonus if it did. My sister did chemo for breast cancer and she was sent to the dermatologist for evaluation of a growth on her back. It wasn't cancer but obviously they were concerned that it was. I could be wrong about this and I hope that I am because there should be an upside to chemo.
    Stef

    Stef
    I am celebrating your good news with you. In addition I am glad that you find a good dermatologist who is taking care of you.
    I remember discussion about breast cancer skin cancer connection. Does it mean that we all need to be checked by dermatologist?
    Mimi I saw gynecologist today, I am not sure I ready for full body check up with dermatologist. Should I really be concern?

    Normally people pay for watching body and boobs, in contrast we have to pay for being watched.
  • lynn1950
    lynn1950 Member Posts: 2,570
    Skin checks...am I ever in
    Skin checks...am I ever in denial. Sigh. Good for you and Joe. My husband just had a bunch of spots excised. One was melanoma, but they think they got it all. He acts so cool about it. Is it a guy thing? Lynn
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    lynn1950 said:

    Skin checks...am I ever in
    Skin checks...am I ever in denial. Sigh. Good for you and Joe. My husband just had a bunch of spots excised. One was melanoma, but they think they got it all. He acts so cool about it. Is it a guy thing? Lynn

    New Flower and Lynn,
    I am

    New Flower and Lynn,
    I am going for these checks because I have Muir-Torre Syndrome. Sebaceous adenomas and carcinomas can be more common with this as can squamous carcinomas. I have had some of all of these so that is the reason for the checks. But it is a good idea at some point, I think, to have skin checks. Lynn, glad they caught your husband's melanoma. Those can be very bad. I think maybe it's not a guy thing but that skin cancer seems so uncancer like. I tend to shrug the fact that I have had these off as no big deal. They didn't warrant anything other than an excision and for mine simple ones at that. Maybe that's how your hubby feels. But he needs to be watchful for these and not delay if he gets anything suspicious. Melanoma is not anything to ignore. Easily treated when caught early but they can be very bad. So hound him to go for yearly check ups and to watch for anything out of the ordinary. And that is true for all of us. If you have something on your skin that concerns you, show it to your doctor, PCP, Oncologist, whoever. Better to be told it is nothing than ignore it and have it evolve into something bad. My first skin cancer (2003) I almost didn't show to my PCP when he was burning off some simple moles. Thought it was a wart with little cauliflowers growing from it. He cut it off and sent it to biopsy. It was a squamous cell carcinoma. That's when I started having yearly checks and then after a couple of years, I slacked off. Then had a biopsy in 2006 and it was a sebaceous carcinoma that was completely removed. I still didn't go back for the yearly exams. Then in October, I had a growth removed that was benign but it triggered having some genetic testing done. That's when I found out about this syndrome and about having Lynch Syndrome as well so I need to do this yearly test. I don't plan to slack off anymore. Follow ups are so important but after time it is easy to think you don't need to be so deligent. So everyone, do whatever follow ups you are advised to do always. There I did my nagging duty.
    Stef
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143

    Stef
    I am celebrating your good news with you. In addition I am glad that you find a good dermatologist who is taking care of you.
    I remember discussion about breast cancer skin cancer connection. Does it mean that we all need to be checked by dermatologist?
    Mimi I saw gynecologist today, I am not sure I ready for full body check up with dermatologist. Should I really be concern?

    Normally people pay for watching body and boobs, in contrast we have to pay for being watched.

    Breast cancer and melanoma
    My oncologist and dermatologist told me that women who have had breast cancer have a slightly greater risk of developing melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. That is why I will be having my first full body skin check sometime in the next few weeks. You don't want melanoma to advance because it can be bad as Stef says. I figure the body checks are minimal discomfort for the peace of mind of knowing that there isn't something lurking on my skin. Also, ask your opthamologist to check for ocular melanoma (rare form of skin cancer on the eyeball) when you go for your yearly eye exam. These are all simple procedures that require no radiation or invasivness, so the benefits are worth it, I think. Thanks, Stef, for educating us on skin cancer.
  • Kristin N
    Kristin N Member Posts: 1,968 Member

    Stef
    I am celebrating your good news with you. In addition I am glad that you find a good dermatologist who is taking care of you.
    I remember discussion about breast cancer skin cancer connection. Does it mean that we all need to be checked by dermatologist?
    Mimi I saw gynecologist today, I am not sure I ready for full body check up with dermatologist. Should I really be concern?

    Normally people pay for watching body and boobs, in contrast we have to pay for being watched.

    Congratulations!
    A big CONGRATS to both of you, Stef and Joe.

    Kristin ♥
  • jnl
    jnl Member Posts: 3,869 Member
    fauxma said:

    New Flower and Lynn,
    I am

    New Flower and Lynn,
    I am going for these checks because I have Muir-Torre Syndrome. Sebaceous adenomas and carcinomas can be more common with this as can squamous carcinomas. I have had some of all of these so that is the reason for the checks. But it is a good idea at some point, I think, to have skin checks. Lynn, glad they caught your husband's melanoma. Those can be very bad. I think maybe it's not a guy thing but that skin cancer seems so uncancer like. I tend to shrug the fact that I have had these off as no big deal. They didn't warrant anything other than an excision and for mine simple ones at that. Maybe that's how your hubby feels. But he needs to be watchful for these and not delay if he gets anything suspicious. Melanoma is not anything to ignore. Easily treated when caught early but they can be very bad. So hound him to go for yearly check ups and to watch for anything out of the ordinary. And that is true for all of us. If you have something on your skin that concerns you, show it to your doctor, PCP, Oncologist, whoever. Better to be told it is nothing than ignore it and have it evolve into something bad. My first skin cancer (2003) I almost didn't show to my PCP when he was burning off some simple moles. Thought it was a wart with little cauliflowers growing from it. He cut it off and sent it to biopsy. It was a squamous cell carcinoma. That's when I started having yearly checks and then after a couple of years, I slacked off. Then had a biopsy in 2006 and it was a sebaceous carcinoma that was completely removed. I still didn't go back for the yearly exams. Then in October, I had a growth removed that was benign but it triggered having some genetic testing done. That's when I found out about this syndrome and about having Lynch Syndrome as well so I need to do this yearly test. I don't plan to slack off anymore. Follow ups are so important but after time it is easy to think you don't need to be so deligent. So everyone, do whatever follow ups you are advised to do always. There I did my nagging duty.
    Stef

    Congrats Stef on your
    Congrats Stef on your results with your dermatologist. Everyone should go for a body check once a year. It could save your life.

    Leeza
  • Marcia527
    Marcia527 Member Posts: 2,729
    We were just watching the
    We were just watching the first episodes of Doctor Who and at the end he acquires new body (skin) and that is how the time lords live forever. Man, if I only could get a new body! Glad you got yours all in the clear.