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Old 12.10.2015, 11:17
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Skin Cancer - any experiences to share?

I have just been told I have a superficial multifocal basel cell carcinoma - apparently one of the most common forms of skin cancer.

My dermatologist was very reassuring, said it was treatable by applying a cream 5 nights a week for the next six weeks then two weeks of another cream to help it heal. If that doesn't work it can be removed surgically.

However I still feel a little wobbly. I didn't understand everything she was saying in French so I came home and did a little research (which I told her I would do). She didn't tell me the cream was a topical form of chemotherapy... which worries me. She also seemed to imply it wasn't dangerous but websites describe it as malignant, which is a scary word.

I have a lot on my plate at the moment (ongoing mental health issues, waiting for a decision from AI, waiting for an overdue decision on permit renewal and my psychiatrist of 6 years is leaving at the end of the month...), and I could do without any additional stress.

So can someone reassure me?

And yes, now I have the English translation and some basic information, I am going to refrain from reading any further.
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Old 12.10.2015, 11:34
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Re: Skin Cancer - any experiences to share?

One of my friends had several instances of a form of skin cancer. I don't know which one, she refuses to dwell on it, just accepts that she has to deal with it, but it's not the aggressive type, I don't think. What it means for her is that she gets regular check-ups, and has to have the occasional surgery (very little scarring) to remove anything that starts growing. She treats these visit as if going to the dentist, a necessity. Stay as strong as you can!

Peace!

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Old 12.10.2015, 11:42
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Re: Skin Cancer - any experiences to share?

I had a malignant melanoma removed over 20 years ago. Luckily it was at an early stage and hadn't metastasized.
I was very scared at first, but all was well and I don't really think about it now, apart from using sun cream and being very careful to cover up.
Your skin cancer sounds like it is at an early stage, it is basal cell carcinoma, which can be cured, especially when found early, which is you!
Don't worry, there is every chance that you will be perfectly fine.
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