Actinic Keratosis

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Actinic Keratosis

by teachoz on Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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I was diagnosed with active Multiple Myeloma this Fall, after 22 years of MGUS.  Several years ago, I had a spot of pre-cancer removed from my right cheeck. It has never looked like the rest of my skin, but has remained stable.  Recently, I noticed it was very rough-feeling, and seemed to have a brownish area on top.

I went to my dermatologist this week, and was told I had actinic keratosis, and should have a biopsy done to determine if it is pre-cancerous or cancerous. He does not want to do the biopsy without permission from my myeloma dr. because of the drugs I'm on (Revlimid/Dexamethasone), and the fact that the myeloma weakens the immune system.

I am in the process of trying to reach my oncologist to discuss this with him, and the dermatologist is writing him a letter, as well. We have tentatively scheduled the biopsy for two weeks.

Did anyone else start with this kind of a diagnosis? What did you find out from your biopsy? Does anyone also have multiple myeloma along with the melanoma? I have heard there is often a connection between the two. Any info anyone can share with me will be most useful before my drs. decide what to do. Thank you in advance for your help!

Mary Ann

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