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Hi! We have an all clear on NO melanoma in my eyes. We were sent to an ocular surgeon today. So that's good news. Thursday we visit an oncology surgeon to discuss a SLND and wide excision. Friday- we have an appointment to do the same at Emory in Atlanta Ga with a well known surgeon and then next Thursday one of his partners will see me. She's a melanoma specialist. Having said all that, should we go ahead Thursday IF the surgeon says he wants to go ahead and do the SLNB and WE or wait until we've spoken with the second surgeon?
At this point, the SLNB is the next step. However, where you're treated and the experience of the surgeon, along with the resources of the institution, in my opinion, become important as well. I think Delman is the surgeon at Emory. I think he did his surgical residency with Dr. Coit at Sloan Kettering. He is very capable and keeps very current with surgical techniques. I had my SLNB there and thought Delman and his team were responsive, listened well and answered all of my questions. At that time, (6 years ago) they were still recommending interferon, after they found two positive nodes in my SLNB, so I turned my care over to Sloan Kettering. I was managing a company in NJ at that time and kept an apartment in NJ, so it worked for me. I think Dr. Chen, who is the Vice-Chair of the Derm dept at EMory is the melanoma specialist. She s a very capable provider as well. Second opinions are never bad and it would give you another option in terms of where you will have the surgery and who will manage your care.
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