Basel Cell Carcinoma
Skin cancer treatment has a high success rate. These real patients share stories surrounding their various treatments.
My surgery was outpatient. I went into an office and was there for approximately three hours maybe. That was the total time.
After looking at the pictures afterwards, it was a little bit more tissue [removed] than I had anticipated.
There is just a local anesthesia given. And I was totally awake and coherent and able to watch the whole process.
They take a good chunk of skin from around it to ensure that they get it all. And they go a little bit deep.
When you have the Mohs surgery, each time they do a layer, they take it out to the microscope. They look at it. They come back and, “Yes, we have to do more. Or, no, we don’t.”
After the plastic surgeon removed the additional material, he gave me a prescription for some antibiotics and also some pain medication. And I believe the first night I took some of that pain medication and maybe the next morning, but after that, quite honestly, I didn’t need it.
The amazing thing about this cancer, I’ve never had to take any pain medication, except right after the surgery. I was given pain medication, but I didn’t even have to take that after the first night. I’ve never experienced any pain through any of this.
It was covered in Vaseline and you could see the stitches. The next day it looked significantly better. After a shower and getting cleaned up, the swelling had subsided substantially. So after that, it didn’t look so bad.
A week went by between my surgery and the biopsy results. I went in a week later to get my stitches taken out and for him to let me know how things went.
You can’t even tell. I mean there is no scar. There is no scar at all. Nobody can tell. I can’t even see it. And so I’m very pleased.
The whole experience has lasted almost a year. Because after the initial [surgery], another pigment grew back into the scar. So I went back to have it checked, and he actually cut that out, too.
I’ve been going back on a regular basis. He checks me out from head to toe once every three months. If that is good, after a year I’ll go every six months after that. And then, if no recurring instances, it will be once a year after that.