Scared-just diagnosed with basel cell on nose

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Scared-just diagnosed with basel cell on nose

by Babette66 on Mon Apr 10, 2017 06:32 PM

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Well, after having a biopsy 3 weeks ago and just finding out today, only because I called their office repeatedly, I just found out that YES, you do have cancer! On your nose! They suggested MOHS surgery and are referring me.  Anybody out there ever dealt with this? 

Barb

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by Loves2Fly on Mon Apr 10, 2017 09:57 PM

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Yes, my husband had BCC on his nose as well, and had MOHS surgery, with a skin graft from behind his ear. The spot was quarter sized. It went beautifully! He has little scarring and it looks very normal. Most people would not know he had anything done at all. Best of all, all the cancer is gone.

My twin sons each had spots on their backs (identical twins, identical spots!). Both had MOHS. The one that did everything Doctor said (no strenuous, avoid sunlight) - you can't even tell. The other did heavy yard work, and has some scarring.

Bottom line - it is a great way to get all the cancer with little extra damage. A skin graft might be needed, but those heal really well. Follow doctors directions on after care.

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by jlmcclure on Wed Apr 12, 2017 08:54 PM

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I've had 3 BCCs in the past decade, one on my upper arm, one on my forehead, and one on my cheek. I've been seeing a dermatologist regularly for at least 25 years to have him remove some scaly pre-cancerous cells with frozen nitrogen. With the BCCs, he did biopsies in his lab as I waited, then came out to do the surgery in his office, stitched me up, and that was that. There's a dime-size discolorization on my arm, but nothing else noticable. All in all, it was a pretty straight-forward procedure.

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by bearkat on Wed Apr 12, 2017 09:03 PM

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I had MOHS surgery on my nose for BCC about 17 years ago. With that I had a skin graft from my within my hairline above the forehead. It all went very well. My BCC was fairly small but very deep...almost through the nostril by the time the cancer was removed. I have had a couple other BCCs removed since but not from the nose. They were from other facial areas.

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by ventoux on Wed Apr 12, 2017 09:22 PM

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Yes. I had a bcc on the tip of my nose 2 or 3 years ago. Surgery nearly always leaves a scar there. A Danish friend, professor of dermatology, advised me to ask for it to be removed by radiology rather than surgery. My oncologist agreed. It was done. No scar. And since I'm covered 100% by the public health system for a condition (skin cancer) which will be with me until I quit this world - whatever actually polishes me off, I didn't have to pay anything at all. But then I live in France, not Trumpland. There's no reason to be scared of a bcc: I've had lots removed, usually by surgery. But in the US, you presumably have every reason to be scared of the bill....

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by jimsharp on Wed Apr 12, 2017 09:26 PM

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Hi Barb,

I live in North Texas and have had 4 basal cell carcinomas removed from my nose using MOHS surgery in the last 7-10 years.  Don't freak out, it sounds a whole lot worse than it actually is.   Depending on the location of the basal cell carcinoma will determine whether or not you will need a skin graft or not.  I personally have had 3 skin-grafts and one spot just needed stitches. They take about 3-4 weeks to start to heal and like the other poster mentioned they usually heal very good.  I would definitely recommend finding a good MOHS surgeon in your area.... and stay off the internet sites with pictures, I made that mistake and it scared me to death! 

I hope this information reduces your stress,

Jim  

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by bearkat on Wed Apr 12, 2017 09:29 PM

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An addition to my first reply.....I have an unnoticeable scar. I mean one has to look very closely to see where the surgery was done. It is not noticeable. A plastic surgeon did the followup to the MOHS surgery for me. My insurance was good and paid for most of the work to both doctors.

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by ArgyDuBlew on Wed Apr 12, 2017 09:37 PM

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I live in the UK and had a BCC on the back of my hand. It was removed under local anaesthetic as a minor op at my local surgery. There was a very small scar which has gradually faded over time and no further problems whatsoever. It's one of the easiest cancers to deal with and, remember, BCC is non-malignant as I understand it so stop panicking ( if that's what you are inclined to do!).

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by IMRisbe on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:05 PM

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On Apr 10, 2017 6:32 PM Babette66 wrote:

Well, after having a biopsy 3 weeks ago and just finding out today, only because I called their office repeatedly, I just found out that YES, you do have cancer! On your nose! They suggested MOHS surgery and are referring me.  Anybody out there ever dealt with this? 

Barb

I am a transplant reciepient (2003).  Unfortunatley that makes me one of a group that are almosty sure to get some kind of Skin Cancer.  In the years since the transplant, I have had on virtually every part of my body, over a dozen Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), (removed surgically, (you know with the scapple, sutures, and scars.  There has been progress made some skin cancers can now be removed with Photodynamic therapy (PDT).  It would take to much space to explain it, but you can find out a little by Googling it.  There is always a few that required MOHS.  Those are the ones I worry about because they are to stubborn to go away with the first lines of treatment.

I have only been diagnosed with Basil a couple of times, but those were taken care of without MOHS.  Basil Cell seems to my knowledge to be the least ominous. (I am not a Doctor but I read a lot about the things that are affecting my life.)

According to the American Academy Dermotology: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer, Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type and the last one really gets my attention and here is to hoping you, I or anyone we love ever get.  Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

I used worry about scars but I have reached a point where I think being alive and able to write this note to you is more important.  I still feel that terror everytime there is a new diagnosis and I have a great impathy for your situation.  Good Luck!  I know you will do just fine.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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by donsmrs on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:31 PM

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On Apr 12, 2017 10:05 PM IMRisbe wrote:

On Apr 10, 2017 6:32 PM Babette66 wrote:

Well, after having a biopsy 3 weeks ago and just finding out today, only because I called their office repeatedly, I just found out that YES, you do have cancer! On your nose! They suggested MOHS surgery and are referring me.  Anybody out there ever dealt with this? 

Barb

I am a transplant reciepient (2003).  Unfortunatley that makes me one of a group that are almosty sure to get some kind of Skin Cancer.  In the years since the transplant, I have had on virtually every part of my body, over a dozen Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), (removed surgically, (you know with the scapple, sutures, and scars.  There has been progress made some skin cancers can now be removed with Photodynamic therapy (PDT).  It would take to much space to explain it, but you can find out a little by Googling it.  There is always a few that required MOHS.  Those are the ones I worry about because they are to stubborn to go away with the first lines of treatment.

I have only been diagnosed with Basil a couple of times, but those were taken care of without MOHS.  Basil Cell seems to my knowledge to be the least ominous. (I am not a Doctor but I read a lot about the things that are affecting my life.)

According to the American Academy Dermotology: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer, Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type and the last one really gets my attention and here is to hoping you, I or anyone we love ever get.  Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

I used worry about scars but I have reached a point where I think being alive and able to write this note to you is more important.  I still feel that terror everytime there is a new diagnosis and I have a great impathy for your situation.  Good Luck!  I know you will do just fine.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I had a squamous cell cancer on the bridge of my nose in 2010. I went to the plastic surgeon who did a full thickness skin graft. The local derms like to leave huge craters from the Mohs. The most recent studies suggest that surgical removal is every bit as effective as the Mohs. Back then, I didn't want serial trips to the dermatologists (they get to charge for every Mohs they do even on the same area, and two of those procedures is equal to what my insurance paid on a one-time swurgery (including anesthesia, the follow-up appt. with my plastic surgeon and anything else. We think we came out ahead, price-wise and as for the scar? No contest: the plastic surgeon was far better.

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