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Post surgery Dr. appointment :-)

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    lhaley
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      A little more than a week ago I had a lump in my arm and a node in my chest wall (under the collar bone) removed.  Friday a new lump appeared – on my butt! My appointment was supposed to be this coming Thursday but they had me come in early.  I am very impressed with my Doctors at Charlotte's response time. Phone call to Dr. White's office at 11am on Friday, he was in surgery so they had me go to my local oncologist who fit me in right away. When they weren't sure what this was I was given an appointment Monday.

      A little more than a week ago I had a lump in my arm and a node in my chest wall (under the collar bone) removed.  Friday a new lump appeared – on my butt! My appointment was supposed to be this coming Thursday but they had me come in early.  I am very impressed with my Doctors at Charlotte's response time. Phone call to Dr. White's office at 11am on Friday, he was in surgery so they had me go to my local oncologist who fit me in right away. When they weren't sure what this was I was given an appointment Monday. Could not have asked for a better response time!  Once there they pulled in Dr. Amin and the two spoke to me together. Now I don't have to take the drive on Thursday!! 

      I've been put on an antibiotic and they believe that it's an infection. This has never happened before so we will see.  If it doesn't shrink in a week I'm to go back and they will do a fna, but they said it is not presenting like melanoma. None of my melanoma's have presented normally so I hope!!

      Ends up that the lump on my arm was not a subq but a lymph node. By the time of surgery it was 2.9cm. He took extra nodes and all others were clear and clean margins were gotten!!!   The node under the collarbone was only 1 cm. Other nodes were clear and clean margins!!   Knowing that the 2 spots were indeed melanoma I had the best report I could have asked for.

      Scans will Dec 2nd. If all is still clear then I'm back on watch and wait!  Meanwhile they are testing the tumors for b-raf. 

      Stage IV for 4.5 years now and going for way more!!

      Linda

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        jag
        Participant

          That is good news!  glad to hear it.

          Thanks 

          John

            Sharyn
            Participant

              Whew!! You dodged another bullet! Great news. Let's hope this butt lump is an infection.

              Hugs

              Sharyn

              Sharyn
              Participant

                Whew!! You dodged another bullet! Great news. Let's hope this butt lump is an infection.

                Hugs

                Sharyn

              jag
              Participant

                That is good news!  glad to hear it.

                Thanks 

                John

                Rebecca and Bob
                Participant

                  Linda,

                   

                  That's great news. Hopefully mel will just leave you alone now and that it is just an infection.

                   

                  Rebecca

                  Rebecca and Bob
                  Participant

                    Linda,

                     

                    That's great news. Hopefully mel will just leave you alone now and that it is just an infection.

                     

                    Rebecca

                    lovingwifedeb
                    Participant
                      Good news… Thanks for the update!
                      Deb
                      lovingwife to Bob, stage 3c
                      lovingwifedeb
                      Participant
                        Good news… Thanks for the update!
                        Deb
                        lovingwife to Bob, stage 3c
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