In August of 2010 I found out I had melanoma and was a month pregnant one day apart so needless to say its been a CRAZY 9 months as it is for anyone facing this diagnosis!! My thoughts and prayers first off to everyone on here fighting this ugly disease!!! I've loved reading all the positive attitudes and stories though, its very uplifting!!!! :)
To get to my questions......my first dermatologist whom I've since left due to feelings of discomfort on my part.....called and told me my results over the phone while I was on vacation. Upon returning from vacation I immediately had an appointment in which he told me that he got everything with the punch biopsy but felt it necessary to take a wide excision (1cm all the way around). He also told me the melanoma was .5mm (I'm assuming he meant depth but not sure) and was a Stage1 with a great prognosis and extremely low chances of recurrence....all great news considering the diagnosis at hand. He only wanted to see me every six months and wasn't very thorough with the full body check and privacy was an issue in his office (at least for me). So I sought out a clinic that seemed to better suit my needs/wants that said he did the right thing with the wide excision that they would have handled it the same way so that was comforting. However they will see me every three months along with yearly liver function tests, lung x-rays and eye exams!!
Upon them receiving my records from the first dermatologist I asked for more specifics on my diagnosis such as mitosis, ulceration, etc. as I know these things have an effect on prognosis.....so she showed me the report in black and white and it plainly said the melanoma was in situ, unulcerated, and 0 mitosis....which I know are all wonderful news....but I'm just confused by whats written in black and white and what my first dermatologist told me....why the difference in diagnosis???? Just made me wonder...not sure if its anything to be concerned about or not so any input would be appreciated.