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My melanoma was discovered by my primary doctor during an exam for chest discomfort. I had a biopsy done on March 12, when the doctor removed the mole It was determined to be a melanoma.. THEN…COVID-19 hit, and after waiting, I ended up having a triple bypass surgery on May 12 (it’s not been my year, LOL). Tomorrow, Sep. 21, I’m finally having a lymphadenectomy and skin graft. as a follow up to the original removal/biopsy. My local hospital is unable to do the procedure due to the placement of my lymph nodes. I’m not nervous, but I am AM anxious for answers, as I really don’t know much about my diagnosis. There are some spots on my lungs that we’re right now PRESUMING are unrelated due to the fact they haven’t changed/grown. Grateful I’ve found this site, which I will use to help me along in the process!
Most of the data you will find on the web about melanoma and survival statistics will be dismal!!! SO!!!! Go careful there. NONE of the current effective treatments for melanoma were FDA approved until 2011. We’ve come a long way baby!!! Further – when looking for data you have to be careful that you are comparing apples-to-apples. Stage II outcomes are NOT the same as Stage IV outcomes, for instance.
If you are super bored in your recovery or just the sort who likes to learn more about all potentials – though I hope once you recover from your current ta-dah, you and melanoma will be done!! – there are these posts that may interest you.
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