Women who don't have BRCA mutations could have other high-risk genes that affect treatment choices
by mapesuma on Sat Nov 05, 2011 09:28 PM
My sister has just been diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma on her shoulder, 3cm across. The doctor who diagnosed it said it needed to be removed which they would do with a local anaesthetic.
The problem is that she is in a nursing home suffering from dementia and one of her symptoms is that she cannot sit still for more than about 30 seconds, but wants to get up and walk about. On realising this the doctor suggested just leaving it untreated.
We are uneasy about this. Does anyone have any experience of the consequences? Surely there must be some safe sedation option which could be used.
by HoffmanS on Mon Nov 21, 2011 02:24 AM
Never leave untreated!!!!! Basel Carcinoma can turn into Squamous or even worse. I left mine untreated for a year and now have Squamous Carcinoma and so many spots we can't count them all. I have had to start Efudex which is a chemo Cream and it is awful what it does to your body as far as making your skin totally raw and cracked/bleeding. It has to eat off the cancer. It does not do a good job for Squamous but my Specialist said it will kill any Basel that I have and bring up to the surface the Squamous and he will remove when all the skin is healed. I have had 3 removed just in the last few weeks and more keep coming up to the surface. Please do not leave the Basil Carcinoma to take care of itself... It will and the outcome could be disasterous! Never leave CANCER to heal itself. It does not.!! Hope this helps. God Bless and good luck to your sister. She does have the safest kind of cancer there is.. It is single cell...mine was single cell Basil Carcinoma a year ago too and like I said is now Squamous Carcinoma which can grow all through your body if left alone. You did the right thing asking.. Now talk to a good Dermatologist and get them froze off right away!
by HoffmanS on Mon Nov 21, 2011 02:27 AM
Spelled Basal Carcinoma wrong 3 times in last message. Sorry.. late but wanted to respond... Hope you find a way to get it off your sister. So sorry that she has so many health problems. It has to be hard on you... God Bless and good luck.
by Mickeyfin on Fri Nov 25, 2011 06:04 PM
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