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7 years ago  ::  Apr 09, 2011 - 11:09PM #71
Xapisma
Posts: 155

Sorry for my infrequent visits to B'Net (I see they've "improved" things again.  :p )


I had the surgery. It is called a MOHS procedure. The surgeon removed all the visible cancer and immediately sent it to the lab for analysis. The showed that he had not gotten all of it, but the second incision did. (It usually takes from 2 to 4 attempts to get everything.)


He told me that this was indeed a squamous cell carcinoma, and a very aggressive one. It had grown as much in 2 months as it would in most people in ten YEARS. >yikes<  The initial spot was about the size of a quarter. The tumor, like an iceburg, was mostly unseen, ending up being just a bit more than three inches across. When he finished the excision, it looked like he had taken a melon baller and scooped out a hunk of face.  The stitches came out last Monday, and the bandages are now coming off. Looks like it is healing beautifully.


There will be follow up radiation treatment. The surgeon said that he is 99.9% sure he got it all, but recommended this "just to be sure".


Thank you for your prayers, as I will be praying for you.

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2011 - 1:30PM #72
Kerygma
Posts: 798

Wow, Charlie. Thankfully the Lord hears our prayers for mercy and healing. Lin and I will continue to remember you before His throne.

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 26, 2011 - 9:58AM #73
razzputin
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Apr 9, 2011 -- 11:09PM, Xapisma wrote:

Sorry for my infrequent visits to B'Net (I see they've "improved" things again.  :p )


I had the surgery. It is called a MOHS procedure. The surgeon removed all the visible cancer and immediately sent it to the lab for analysis. The showed that he had not gotten all of it, but the second incision did. (It usually takes from 2 to 4 attempts to get everything.)


He told me that this was indeed a squamous cell carcinoma, and a very aggressive one. It had grown as much in 2 months as it would in most people in ten YEARS. >yikes<  The initial spot was about the size of a quarter. The tumor, like an iceburg, was mostly unseen, ending up being just a bit more than three inches across. When he finished the excision, it looked like he had taken a melon baller and scooped out a hunk of face.  The stitches came out last Monday, and the bandages are now coming off. Looks like it is healing beautifully.


There will be follow up radiation treatment. The surgeon said that he is 99.9% sure he got it all, but recommended this "just to be sure".


Thank you for your prayers, as I will be praying for you.


Damn Charlie.  That is rough.  Take it easy during the radiation treatment, it can feel like a welder's burn, but it will go away soon.  I hope that you are on the mend soon. 


 


Mike

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 29, 2011 - 9:50AM #74
Xapisma
Posts: 155

Thanks y'all. The incision is healing nicely. It's gonna leave a scar, but I can live with that. I started the radiation treatments Wednesday, (27 Apr) and so far it hasn't been bad. When I talked with the oncologist, he said that the contrast dye showed no "hot spots" where any cancer cells may have taken hold, which is very good news!


So the radiation will be prophylactic, and they can minimize any harm to my lymph nodes or other places that might be negatively affected by the treatments.


Christ is risen!

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2011 - 10:49AM #75
Kerygma
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This is very good news, Charlie.


He is risen, indeed!

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