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by Teddys_Mom on Thu Jul 08, 2010 07:19 PM
Has anyone had either basal or squamous cell on their scalp. Had a biopsy today but my derm is sure it's cancer, just not for sure which kind. It is on the top of my head toward the back. She says I will need to have Mohs surgery to remove it. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!
by MigrationMike on Fri Aug 06, 2010 01:08 AM
Teddys, I had a basal cell carcinoma behind my ear where the ear joins the head. About a month ago I went into hospital as a day patient and the surgeon removed it. I had a local anaesthetic and some drugs to make me drowsy. The surgery took only about half an hour and I was actually out of the hospital within a couple of hours. I am told that this form of cancer rarely spreads so I'm hoping he is right!
by hanginginthere on Fri Aug 06, 2010 01:12 AM
A few years ago I had Moh's surgery to remove two basal cell tumors on my face. I had them both removed at the same time under local anesthetic. The only thing that takes time is that they check the tissue when it's removed to make sure they get clear margins so it won't grow back. I had some swelling and a very minimal amount of pain for a few days. I had some itching afterwards. When they removed the stitches some of my tissue had not closed completely. If I had to do it over again I would have waited another week for them to remove the stitches. I've had no re-growth of the tumors and only two mild scars. They might have to shave a small amount of the hair from around the tumor. They did for one of mine that was on the hairline of the scalp.
by Teddys_Mom on Mon Aug 16, 2010 04:05 PM
Thanks to both of you for replying to my message. I am having Mohs surgery tomorrow. I am keeping a good thought that they can get it all without too much shaving of my hair. My hair is thinning as it is and I'm nervous about that. Thanks again and may we all be done with it now.
by Teddys_Mom on Mon Aug 23, 2010 06:52 PM
I had Mohs surgery last Tuesday. They got it all on the first cut. I have stitches on the inside and staples and one stitch on the outside. I have had to take pain medication because it feels like someone is pulling on my hair, in that area, all the time. I'd say on a scale of 1 to 10 it's a 7 and if I wait too long to take a pill it's a 9.5. I am scheduled to have the staples out on the 31st and the one staple on the outside probably a week later. I will be wearing a hat now whenever I am outside. I know that basal cell is slow growing but my doc also said it's probably my childhood exposure to the sun and frequent sunburns that caused it. I previously had basal cell removed by a general surgeon on my shoulder. So I am going to be very vigilant in derm visits and self-check.
I'm happy that they got it all on the first swipe and I'll be back to normal in a few weeks. Good Luck to all of you out there fighting the good fight!
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