Thanks agin for the info on Dr's in Northern California Bay Area. My mom's HMO Dr is recommending she see an oncologist conncted with O'Conner hospital in San Jose. She was very insistent with my mom on this when my mom mentioned she would prefer Stanford and/or UCSF. I have called her insurance and it seems as though she can go out of network but procedures will need to be approved. Has anyone had problems with PPO and getting approved for these services?
Am I right in thinking we need a melanoma specialist for this type of melanoma? This Dr was the same one who missed the mole last year and had to be very much asked for a referral this year to a skin clinic so my faith is minimal, but my mom said she was very convincing in trying to get her to see this particular oncologist who I can find no info on related to treatment of melanoma.
I have included the path report and spent some time googling the resutls. From what I can tell it will the SNB that will give us more inforamtion. With these results is it worth it to push for the melanoma clinic? I am thinking for sure but this Dr has us second guessing.
subtype- superficial spreading type...breslow thickness- 1.4...Clarks level- IV