Real Patients: Treatment

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Well, once the lesion had been looked at by a dermatologist, they recommended biopsy. 

Process for taking off the skin cancer early on was generally either liquid nitrogen or surgery. 

And they numbed up the skin first and used a series of injections all around. 

Since they didn’t know how deep it was, they had just cut a little bit below the surface of it. 

It was on my neck, you know, I was a little kind of antsy about that. 

I didn’t realize how far up into my -- the corner of my eye. 

They have to get enough of the area around the cancer so that they can be sure that the cancer hasn’t spread to the healthy skin cells. 

About two weeks later, they called and said, "Come on back in, we have to do more, it’s deeper than -- you know, we didn’t get it all." 

I didn’t know the extent of how many stitches and what it looked like. 

And turns out it was relatively small in the scheme of things. And so, they were able to remove all of it in one clean chunk. 

The whole process was pretty painless. 

They got the whole thing out and it healed very well, and I didn’t end up with a scar. 

To heal, they said, it’s gonna take six to eight months for the scar and everything. But I had the surgery done on a Thursday morning, and I went to work on Friday morning. 

You can’t swim afterwards, and you can’t use a hot tub or anything like that for about a week. But that’s all. 

The treatment for this for me included creams. 

The treatment, which was the cream base, lasted for six to eight weeks. 

They apply a cream to your face. 

A topical on the skin where you just put it on twice a day. 

This cream will go after any abnormal cell on your face. 

You don’t see anything happen for the first week or so. And then you see some little red spots coming up. 

Over the course of the next two or three weeks, then it’ll attack those cells and kill those cells. 

Then you end up forming a little, sometimes, a little kind of like a little tiny blister. 

It’;s a very painless process. 

I’m being currently treated up until now. I was just in dermatology two weeks ago. 

After three weeks, your skin is much more clear and much better than it was. And hopefully all the bad, bad cells are gone.