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10/23/10 1:40 P

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It's done! I had surgery on my shoulder yesterday for basal cell cancer. They went a little wider but not too deep and now it is several days of over the counter pain meds, ice and rest. I had the best nurse who believed in over numbing any possible area the doctor would go. She was great!

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10/17/10 6:36 P

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Yep! OK by the eye, but surgery on the shoulder for basal cell. It should be a couple stitches and a few days of being easy on the shoulder.

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10/8/10 11:52 P

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Cindyw625- Yes, it does look like it is going to be a lot less trouble and less invasive than it could be. Still waiting for lab results, but it looks ok with minor cuts in to shoulder.

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10/8/10 11:49 P

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Rockport,
I am so glad to hear that you're ok. "Piece of cake."

Best wishes,
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10/8/10 9:28 A

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Kaebae - You are a wonderful support! Bless you!! emoticon

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10/7/10 7:45 P

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I am SO glad to hear it. The good thing is that there are many treatment options, especially for the one on your face if you end up needing it. I'm really glad it wasn't melanoma! Thanks so much for the update!
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10/7/10 6:44 P

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Kaebae - I went to the dermatologist this afternoon. It was just as you said. They both appear to be basal cell cancer. The one on my face was scrapped and probably alright. The one on my shoulder was scrapped but I am scheduled for surgery in two weeks - a local in my shoulder, dr. does his thing, a couple of stitches, and relax for two day. Thanks again for your advice.

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10/4/10 7:24 P

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Thank you CindyW625- I have an appointment for this Thursday. I have emailed and talked with friends who have gone through this. There is no reason to fear the worst when you don't have the news. My sister had a biopsy on her leg. My brother in law apparently had several on his nose and his nose is a bit misshapen but not bad.
I wear a lotion on my face with SPF 15, however, I have not covered the shoulder. Plus, all those years growing up in California and now living in South Texas, the harm was done years ago and now I need to cover up more/wear protection.
I am working on the better perspective.
Thanks again!


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10/3/10 9:56 P

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You will be fine, Rockport. My mother-in-law had a small cancerous spot on her nose and got it removed. There are two types of cancers: basal cell carcinoma and malignant malenoma. Basal cell is the most common and least aggressive cancer.

Like Kaebe said, they'll do a biopsy which will remove most of the lesion. Then, after the lab examines it, they will soon find out if it's benign (non-cancerous) or malignant, cancerous. Relax. I've gone through this many times. I have, literally, several areas where biopsies have been done. It's hard, but your life is safe from any potential cancerous threats now and that's all you have to worry about.

On a positive note; after this you should always wear suncreen or foundation with sunscreen in it on your face all over. I have always worn Bare Minerals that's sold on QVC and found in malls that has an SPF 15.

I wish you the best of luck and I have faith that will you be fine.

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You're welcome! I'll be thinking of you and hoping for the best possible outcome, let us know how it goes!

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10/2/10 10:59 A

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KAEBAE - Thank you so much for the information and the support. I am trying to be a bit informed so I went on the internet and it was almost too much information. I will try to wait patiently for my appointment with my dermatologist while I kick myself for waiting. One step at a time. emoticon

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You'll have biopsies and they'll determine what kind of skin cancer it is (benign/malignant) and how mild/not mild. There may be surgeries (I had two for my one spot, mine was malignant). There could be a fair amount of waiting, so just try to be patient and know that you are better off now knowing than you were before this was undiagnosed. Just try to relax and don't panic (I know how difficult this can be), but worrying too much will just wear you out. One step at a time. One day at a time. Oh, and ask your doctor questions. My dermatologist told me to call any time, day or night.

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10/1/10 8:12 P

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I went to the doctor today and he said the place on my shoulder that has not healed in months is skin cancer as is the spot by my left eye. They will call for an appointment with the dermatologist on Monday. I am a bit unnerved as to what will be happening next.

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