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Anyone had these non-invasive diagnostic techniques used? Laser, dermoscopy

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    lou2
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      Anyone familiar with the use of dermoscopy or confocal scanning laser microscopy?  Both are said to be non-invasive.

      Have had one lentigo maligna removed on back, big ditch there now.  Another one nearby just like it, said by different derm at teaching medical hospital said to be slow growing, just watch it.

      Now I have a spot on forehead, thin skin only over bone.  It itches a little now and then.  Getting very scared.  Don't want another big incision, and don't know how they could do it at this location anyway.

      So, looking for experience with these non-invasive methods.  And whether anyone knows of a place in the SE U.S. that does these first, before biopsy.

      Thanks.

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        Carlos P
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          I would also be interested as I have a tumour on my neck which is not best spot to have one,

          Carlos

          Carlos P
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            I would also be interested as I have a tumour on my neck which is not best spot to have one,

            Carlos

            Carlos P
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              I would also be interested as I have a tumour on my neck which is not best spot to have one,

              Carlos

              kalisama
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                Please don't mess around! I do not see how a lesion could be diagnosed without a biopsy. If you are dealing with a reputable physician, any suspicious lesion should be biopsied, especially with your history. Generally a biopsy, does not hurt, screw the scar, we live we get scarred. Compared to the trouble of misdiagnosing melanoma, you could be asking for trouble.

                Please please get these lesions properly biopsied and diagnosed.

                kalisama
                Participant

                  Please don't mess around! I do not see how a lesion could be diagnosed without a biopsy. If you are dealing with a reputable physician, any suspicious lesion should be biopsied, especially with your history. Generally a biopsy, does not hurt, screw the scar, we live we get scarred. Compared to the trouble of misdiagnosing melanoma, you could be asking for trouble.

                  Please please get these lesions properly biopsied and diagnosed.

                  kalisama
                  Participant

                    Please don't mess around! I do not see how a lesion could be diagnosed without a biopsy. If you are dealing with a reputable physician, any suspicious lesion should be biopsied, especially with your history. Generally a biopsy, does not hurt, screw the scar, we live we get scarred. Compared to the trouble of misdiagnosing melanoma, you could be asking for trouble.

                    Please please get these lesions properly biopsied and diagnosed.

                      lou2
                      Participant

                        Thank you for your reply.  I would still like to hear from anyone who has actually had a doctor use these devices.

                        lou2
                        Participant

                          Thank you for your reply.  I would still like to hear from anyone who has actually had a doctor use these devices.

                          lou2
                          Participant

                            Thank you for your reply.  I would still like to hear from anyone who has actually had a doctor use these devices.

                          Janner
                          Participant

                            My doc was part of a study using Aldera (Immiquimod, topical chemo) for LM FIRST, then using MOHs surgery afterwards. LM has a high local recurrence rate and is most often found on the face.  These results are from old notes, I'm sure you can find more up to date if you google, but using Aldera first reduced the size of the lesion by 2/3  and 2/3 of the patience had no recurrence afterwards in a lesion type with high local recurrence rates.  

                            So at least for the lesion on your forehead, there are other options.  Not non-invasive but definitely less invasive.

                            Janner
                            Participant

                              My doc was part of a study using Aldera (Immiquimod, topical chemo) for LM FIRST, then using MOHs surgery afterwards. LM has a high local recurrence rate and is most often found on the face.  These results are from old notes, I'm sure you can find more up to date if you google, but using Aldera first reduced the size of the lesion by 2/3  and 2/3 of the patience had no recurrence afterwards in a lesion type with high local recurrence rates.  

                              So at least for the lesion on your forehead, there are other options.  Not non-invasive but definitely less invasive.

                              Janner
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                                My doc was part of a study using Aldera (Immiquimod, topical chemo) for LM FIRST, then using MOHs surgery afterwards. LM has a high local recurrence rate and is most often found on the face.  These results are from old notes, I'm sure you can find more up to date if you google, but using Aldera first reduced the size of the lesion by 2/3  and 2/3 of the patience had no recurrence afterwards in a lesion type with high local recurrence rates.  

                                So at least for the lesion on your forehead, there are other options.  Not non-invasive but definitely less invasive.

                                  lou2
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                                    Sounds interesting.  First time I have heard of this.

                                    Would be done after biopsy, though.  Still looking for alternatives to biopsy.

                                    lou2
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                                      Sounds interesting.  First time I have heard of this.

                                      Would be done after biopsy, though.  Still looking for alternatives to biopsy.

                                      lou2
                                      Participant

                                        Sounds interesting.  First time I have heard of this.

                                        Would be done after biopsy, though.  Still looking for alternatives to biopsy.

                                        lou2
                                        Participant

                                          Well, good news.  Didn't need any special diagnostic tools.  Derm looked at it and said non-melanoma skin thing.  What a relief.

                                          lou2
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                                            Well, good news.  Didn't need any special diagnostic tools.  Derm looked at it and said non-melanoma skin thing.  What a relief.

                                            lou2
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                                              Well, good news.  Didn't need any special diagnostic tools.  Derm looked at it and said non-melanoma skin thing.  What a relief.

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