This morning my skin cancer doctor called me with my biopsy results. Both of the moles came back with no cancer cells…WHEW!!! They were dysplastic but the 2nd removal got all the cells this time.
I can relax for a short time before my next visit with Dr. Nash on March 7th at the Powell location. I am sure she will be removing more moles since she made note of a couple moles.
My vanity sure bit me in the ass!!
Waiting to find out whether or not I have 1 or 2 possible Melanoma’s is absolutely maddening!! I have been gorging out on brownies, cookies, ice cream, pizza, and Mt. Dew without doing any of my workouts as a way to calm my nerves.
Here is what I’m looking at in terms of my 2 returning dysplastic moles. They will either be returning dysplatic moles because the 1st shave biopsy did not get all the cells even though the biopsy report read free & clear. I am praying that this is the case!! Or…I am looking at Melanoma!! If it is Melanoma, I am hoping that it will be either In-Situ or 1A. Anything after 1A will require treatments of chemo, radiation, or high doses or Interferon.
Now, there is a possibility that I could get a false-positive Melanoma because of the 1st shave biopsy distorting the 2nd biopsy. But since they have my 1st shave biopsy, they will have a more precise determination.
I should find out this coming week what the results are. Pray that I am healthy and well.
A couple weeks ago while doing my monthly mole check, Bruce found a mole that was removed back in December of 2009 that had grown back. I went through my paperwork and found that is was one of the 9 mildly dysplatic nevus. These moles are the precursor to Melanoma.
So since I had my next mole mapping on March 7th, we figured we would just watch it and if it grew bigger before my mole mapping I would call Dr. Nash’s office and be seen. Well, then Saturday night Bruce noticed yet another mole that was removed had grown back. This one too was a mildly dysplatic nevus. The mole that grew back is definitely larger in size with pigment loss in the center…not a good sign.
I called the doctor this morning and was transferred to the nurse’s triage department because the scheduling department did not see an opening for several weeks. The scheduling nurse did say that most likely I will have to have surgery on both moles to make sure we remove all the bad cells. Dr. Nash’s nurse called me back within an hour and had me scheduled for 9:30 am on January 18th, 2011 in the Powell location to be seen. I am not sure if I will be having the moles removed tomorrow or if she will be just assessing them and then scheduling the surgery. Either way, they have to come off and biopsied again.
My mole biopsy came back as “mildly dysplastic nevi”, also known as “Atypical Mole”. This means that the cells were starting to change, but it was caught early enough. According to the National Cancer Institute, doctors believe that dysplastic nevi are more likely than ordinary moles to develop into melanoma skin cancer. Dysplastic nevi are a precursor to malignant Melanoma.
As of December 14, 2010 – I have had a total of 23 moles removed since October 26, 2009. While 12 of those moles were completely normal, 9 were “Atypical Moles”, and 2 were melanoma’s. My melanoma’s thankfully were caught early enough but I no longer have a 100% survivability. My Stage 0 (in situ) was a non-invasive Melanoma while my Stage 1A was an invasive Melanoma. Which means the Stage 1A Melanoma could come back.
I go back to Dr. Nash in March of 2011 for my regular 6 month mole mapping, which I am positive things will go smoothly.
Not only do I have to do monthly breast exams, but I also have to do monthly mole checks all over my body for the rest of my life.
So, while doing my monthly mole check the other day, I found another mole that will have to be cut out and biopsied. I am not out of the woods yet with my Melanoma skin cancer. My next mole check up is March 7th, 2011, so I will be watching this new mole closely. Especially since the center is losing color just like the other two Melanoma’s I’ve already had.
UPDATE: I go in on December 3rd, 2010 to have the mole removed. The doctor felt it was something that needed to be removed now instead of waiting. So, once they take out the mole, I get to sit on pins and needles for about 10 days or so. Wish me luck!!