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Title: Mohs on the nose
Post by: zach on September 16, 2021, 11:29:19 am
They cut it off, to spite my face.

It was barbaric. I was awake. They'd cut, then biopsy, leaving me to chill for about 30 minutes each time. Then they'd come and cut again. 4 times all morning. 5th time they borrowed skin from around my ear to rebuild the nose, and stitched me up.

Today I changed the bandage for the first time, and the doctor called. They want three rounds of chemo after it's healed

Nuke it from orbit, nothing here worth saving

EDIT

For background
https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=69334.msg742647#msg742647
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: J.R.E. on September 16, 2021, 02:46:06 pm
Hey Zach,


Sounds as though your doctor, is right on the ball. Did they tell you, whether it was a basil or squamous cell, that they were removing?

When I had the Basil cell on my nose removed, it wasn't mohs sugery.

But they did the Mohs on my toe, when I had that done, a few months back. Every small layer they took off, it went quickly to the lab, and the results came back on the loud speaker in the operating room,( that I could hear) until the results came back negative.

Yes, any cancer on the face can be brutal at times. Did you have two black eyes. I did, after my nose surgery.

Sounds as though your doctor is being precautionary with the chemo. My neighbor went through the same thing, and also had a couple rounds of chemo done. She has been fine since. She had it on the lower lip.


Take care-----Ray
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: zach on September 17, 2021, 04:42:55 am
Hey ray,

I remember when you were going through this.

Basal cell carcinoma is what was removed. And yeah, the extra treatment was recommended as precaution.

I used to deep dive research every medical issue I faced. Now, I dont know the difference between basal or squamous... sarcoma or carcinoma.

I just sit in the chair and do as I'm told.

Black eyes, side of my face is swollen but that's going down. Haven't shaved for weeks, probably won't for weeks.

Stitches around my ear are clean, that will be a fine scar behind my beard line.

My nose looks... gnarly... trying not to fixate or stress... just telling myself it will heal. Give it time.

Right now I terrify little kids. Small pleasures.
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: Almost2late on September 17, 2021, 06:49:44 am
That sounds painful.. wishing you a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: zach on September 19, 2021, 01:18:31 am
After fighting back a sneeze all week, I lost control today and had a fit.

It didn't hurt nearly as much as I feared.

I did clear my sinuses though. A disgusting rocket of dried blood, snot, and lidocaine shot across the deck.

Dog thought I threw a ball, spent the next ten minutes barking at a pile of snot

Suddenly I can breathe and smell.
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose... WTF?!
Post by: zach on October 08, 2021, 08:55:02 pm
Radiologist consult

Recommended 6 weeks of daily radiation

I'm still processing this

I was expecting once a week for 3 weeks

Wtf
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: fabio on October 08, 2021, 09:56:09 pm
Man,daily radiation must suck. However I do hope you have a speedy recovery and congratulations on removing the thing.
Hope the therapy goes well
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose... WTF?!
Post by: J.R.E. on October 10, 2021, 03:38:38 pm
Radiologist consult

Recommended 6 weeks of daily radiation

I'm still processing this

I was expecting once a week for 3 weeks

Wtf

I just texted my neighbor, that had a similar situation done, when she had basal cell, on the lip. I am waiting to hear back her. I am curious as to what her radiation treatment was, and the frequency of it. I know she has had quite a history with basal cell and squamous cell removal. She is usually very good at keeping records on these issues.

I will let you know when she responds back to me. Of course, what she experienced and you experienced are different issues. Even when I had my Basal cell removed from my nose, they told me something to the effect that the margins were clear, and as a result, I did not have to go through any radiation therapy. Same thing with the basal cell that I had on my toe.


Hang in there---Ray

Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: J.R.E. on October 10, 2021, 03:45:13 pm

It still sounds as though, that your Doctor is being very cautious with your situation. I just can't comment on the frequency of the radiation, as I have not experienced that.


Ray
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: Jim Allen on October 11, 2021, 03:27:53 am
Hi Zach,

Just want to wish you well and a speedy recovery.

Jim.
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: zach on October 11, 2021, 12:53:44 pm
Normally I'm all about aggressive approach to treatment.

I'm just not totally down with this level of response as precautionary.

Fighting existing cancer, yeah sure whatever it takes.

But this is just reducing the percentage odds of future cancer

I suppose I need to decide pretty quick
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: J.R.E. on October 11, 2021, 09:03:47 pm


I suppose I need to decide pretty quick

Zach,..

I would consult with the Doctor again, and find out why, ... after mohs surgery, which is supposed to remove ALL basal cell cancer, that he feels this is necessary. I sure you probably have, but consult again.

I spoke with my neighbor, and I misunderstood her. She never was required to have radiation treatment after Mohs surgery. Ed, never was told to have radiation treatment after his Basal cell was removed from his nose.

My neighbors treatment, was due to a more aggressive form of cancer.

And I never was told to have radiation treatment, after my Basal cell was removed from my nose or my toe, or the squamous cell was removed from my left arm years ago. That one required over 10 stitches, to remove all the squamous cell.



I wonder if a second opinion may be necessary in this case, or possibly something has changed in Dermatology, that this needs to be done.


Ray
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: J.R.E. on October 11, 2021, 09:10:23 pm

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/basal-and-squamous-cell-skin-cancer/treating/radiation-therapy.html


"When is radiation therapy used?
If a tumor is very large or is on an area of the skin that makes it hard to remove with surgery, radiation therapy may be used as the main treatment. Radiation therapy can also be useful for some patients who, for other health reasons, canít have surgery. Radiation therapy can often cure small basal or squamous cell skin cancers and can delay the growth of more advanced cancers.


Ray
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: zach on November 05, 2021, 02:26:26 pm
MRI showed cancerous growth around nerves on the left side of my face. A table full of emory doctors agreed with radiation.

So yeah, sucks, but I'm gonna proceed.

Have sat for a mask and hood fitting. Reminded me of a scene from fire in the sky when aliens put shrink wrap over a guy and drill into his eye. Membrane they lay over my head, wet it, then squish and mold it over every curve, nook, and cranny of my head. Chemical reaction hardens it, looks like a sci fi welders hood to me. I get to keep it when all this is over! Cant wait to scare kids.

So for 6 weeks, gonna crash on sons couch during the week... he lives right next to emory.

Upside, I'll have an acoustic guitar at hand. Already started practicing, remember most chords and can still run scales.
Title: Re: Mohs on the nose
Post by: J.R.E. on November 05, 2021, 08:06:32 pm
MRI showed cancerous growth around nerves on the left side of my face. A table full of emory doctors agreed with radiation.

So yeah, sucks, but I'm gonna proceed.


So for 6 weeks, gonna crash on sons couch during the week... he lives right next to emory.

Upside, I'll have an acoustic guitar at hand. Already started practicing, remember most chords and can still run scales.

Zach,  sorry to hear that you are having to go through all this. Wish I could give you more words of comfort, but you will get through this. Keep your mind occupied, and stick with the guitar. It's been at least 49 years, since I picked up a guitar ! It seems a lot of people when they were in the Army, always attempted the guitar, and then forgot all about it, after they got out.


Hang in there-------Ray


Ray