Tag Archives: Squamous-cell carcinoma

“have” vs. “had”

Someone at the melanoma bulletin board suggested that people who have had melanoma removed ought not say “I have melanoma” but say “I had melanoma.”  The same would go for basal, squamous, and actinic keratosis (the pre-cancers seen in older skin.). Their reasoning is that if you’ve done the right thing and had the site surgically …

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An Update on the New Treatment

The dermatologist, whom I’ll call Dr. Williams in my new book, recommended a new treatment for the Actinic Keratosis on my forehead (commonly called AK, and considered a pre-cursor of cancer.)  Normally, he would use cryosurgery: squirts of liquid nitrogen that freeze the skin cells, resulting in their falling off after blistering and scabbing over. …

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New Treatment, Old News

I did hear from the dermatologist’s office today regarding the visit I made to his office this past week. He had looked at my black toenails and immediately commented: “What did you do to them? Traumatized them?” Of course, he was right, and I told him of the five mile walk the week before the …

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Another Anniversary Month

Spring was the season that delivered my diagnosis of MS, and Summer the season of diagnosed depression and anxiety. Another Spring brought me the diagnosis of malignant melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. But Fall seems to be the season of memories … quieter, less busy days allow thoughts to ramble, and …

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To Begin Again

In a few days I’ll be back in the city visiting the dermatologist who biopsied my skin in May and June and located five skin cancer sites. I’m going to begin the next round of the searching and, if found, surgical removal of basal carcinoma, squamous carcinoma, or malignant melanoma. I wasn’t nervous at all …

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Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk

I read a lot of posts about depression, and multiple sclerosis, and now melanoma. In most online medical blogs, the commentary begins with a description of the condition. In posts about multiple sclerosis, the verbiage rarely wanders from the standard description: an incurable, unpredictable, debilitating, degenerative neurological condition involving the central nervous system that can …

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