The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Content within the patient forum is user-generated and has not been reviewed by medical professionals. Other sections of the Melanoma Research Foundation website include information that has been reviewed by medical professionals as appropriate. All medical decisions should be made in consultation with your doctor or other qualified medical professional.

Confused by biospy results of mole after melanoma diagnosis

Forums Cutaneous Melanoma Community Confused by biospy results of mole after melanoma diagnosis

  • This topic is empty.
  • Post
      Hi all,

      After a whirlwind 2-months it seems like this isn’t going to end anytime soon. Two months ago I had a 2b melanoma removed from my ear with WAE and SLNB. Negative on SLNB and margins were clear. About 5 weeks after surgery I had a skin check for a new mole that appeared on the ear that just had the WAE. The derm said it looked normal but because it was new we were going to remove it. He said that even if it was melanoma it would be small and a new one rather than a resurgence.

      Results came back today and it was moderately atypical but not melanoma. I’m supposed to go back and get margins around this one. Derm said it was not much to worry about and would just be some more off my ear (what’s left haha). I spoke to the surgeon and he seemed concerned that this could be a resurgence and would send me to stage 3. I’m guessing he was concerned that the pathologists missed that is was melanoma? or perhaps was turning into melanoma? but from the old one and not a new one?

      I haven’t received the pathology report yet but the internet is less than helpful on moderately atypical. That seems more often used to describe the mole itself. I think it would be a coincidence that I had a new mole that was unrelated, but it didn’t look like resurgence from what I could find. Anyone know more resurgence/atypical versus melanoma? I’m confused from the different perspectives from doctors.

    • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
    About the MRF Patient Forum

    The MRF Patient Forum is the oldest and largest online community of people affected by melanoma. It is designed to provide peer support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. There is no better place to discuss different parts of your journey with this cancer and find the friends and support resources to make that journey more bearable.

    The information on the forum is open and accessible to everyone. To add a new topic or to post a reply, you must be a registered user. Please note that you will be able to post both topics and replies anonymously even though you are logged in. All posts must abide by MRF posting policies.

    Popular Topics