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Re: Metastasies Clarification

Forums General Melanoma Community Metastasies Clarification Re: Metastasies Clarification

    Janner
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      Well, the first obvious question is does the derm think this is a metastasis or a new primary melanoma?  A new melanoma primary doesn't change your staging unless it is worse than the first one.  New primaries are totally separate occurrences that have nothing to do with previous primaries.  That is probably the most likely scenario.  However, if the derm thinks it is a metastasis, that is a different beast entirely.

      Do you know more information than "stage I" concerning your original melanoma?  If you knew your depth and other characteristics, that gives us a better feel for your situation. 

      Hang in there and try not to stress too much.  It doesn't necessarily have to be bad news. 

      Best wishes,

      Janner

      (Stage I since 1992 with 3 melanoma primaries)

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