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Author Topic: Basil cell carcenoma  (Read 2663 times)

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Offline krakerjm

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Basil cell carcenoma
« on: March 31, 2007, 04:46:33 PM »
Had a basil thing removed from my arm recently, let it go on much too long, but am ok.  It got as big as the end of a thumb and became weepy. had to scoop out a surface chunk of my arm about the size of an old silver dollar.  Has been slow healing and thought it was getting infected, but am ok and healing nicely now.  Thank goodness basil's are usually benign and this one was.  It was just a little pink bumb that had been there for a couple yrs, then exploded into something scaery and ugly.
GWM, 63, PN w/footdrop
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Basil cell carcenoma
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2007, 04:56:26 PM »
Hello Stranger,

I am sure the arm will continue to heal !! I had a basil cell on my left arm several years ago, that I also let go too long. By the time the doctor finished cutting, and removing deep flesh, I had almost 18 stitches around my wrist. Look as though my hand was reattached !! I remember looking at it befor he had bandaged it, and all I could say was "holy shit", all those stitches, for that dime sized spot !! The basil is less dangerous than the squamous cell. ( which I have also had)

The only thing one can do, is to keep an eye on it keep it clean keep it dry. It's good to see you again Jim, everything else going well for you?

Take care-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 65 years young.

Offline Lisa

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Re: Basil cell carcenoma
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007, 07:42:34 PM »
Hi Jim,
Nice to see you around. I'm really glad that it was easily taken care of. I really miss seeing you. I've always had such a soft spot in my heart for you.
Great big hugs, and a buncha kisses to you old friend.  :-*   :-*
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Offline edfu

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Re: Basil cell carcenoma
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2007, 01:34:37 AM »
I had a basal-cell carcinoma on the very tip of my nose.  Once it was removed, I needed plastic surgery.  I still ended up with a scar.  That gorgeous sun is dangerous.
"No one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences."--Albert Camus, "The Plague"

"Mankind can never be free until the last brick in the last church falls on the head of the last priest."--Voltaire

Offline budndallastx

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Re: Basil cell carcenoma
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2007, 09:53:25 AM »
Glad to hear it was resolved so easily. 

I had one on my back and it took a while for it to heal.  Everyone should see a dermatologist regularly and use lots of sun screen.
Meds since: 11/20/2006
Sustiva / Truvada
12/08/2008 VL:<48 CD4 622 (38%)   
9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

Offline urbanwildlife

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Re: Basil cell carcenoma
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2007, 06:21:14 PM »
I am one who should stay out of the sun, but it is difficult to please a person who enjoys the outdoors and I am all about pleasing myself these days, (thank you right hand.!)  I too have had BCC on my forehead and my left shoulder. Do did a great job on the forehead, and acceptable but slightly noticeable. As for my left shoulder, I am not sure if the work he did was just shitty or I was to active as much as I restrained any movement, but I feel my scar is absolutely horrible.

Anyhow, does anyone see as this is a rise in conditions for people with HIV, more to the susceptibility to skin cancers?

Offline edfu

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Re: Basil cell carcenoma
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2007, 07:33:20 PM »
wildlife, I asked my dermatologist that very question, especially since he has a large HIV practice (he was the one who diagnosed my KS).  He said that he doesn't believe HIV has a connection to basal-cell carcinomas, that he sees a significant increase of this type of skin cancer amongst HIV-negative patients as well.  He blames sun exposure and the change in environmental factors that make sun exposure more dangerous than in the past.  He also thinks it possible that the use of sunscreens gives sun-worshipers a false sense of security. 

"No one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences."--Albert Camus, "The Plague"

"Mankind can never be free until the last brick in the last church falls on the head of the last priest."--Voltaire

Offline Jody

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Re: Basil cell carcenoma
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2007, 09:00:28 PM »
Good to see you posting again Jim and glad to hear the carcinoma was removed with no problem.

Hope Nish hangs in there for you and know that you have been a great pal to your cat over these many years.

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