My husband is 84 years old. In February, he was diagnosed with lentigo maligna melanoma on his arm and had an excision by the dermatologist. In March or April, he had a full skin exam and three spots were biopsied. One large spot on his abdomen came back with melanoma at a depth of 0.8 mm. I asked the Nurse Practioner to read the biopsy report to me but she didn't seem to want to do this. The dermatologist has referred him to a surgical oncologist and the NP said the surgeon may want to do a SNB. We meet with the surgeon on Wednesday.
Of course I am very worried. First, the NP did not remove the entire lesion. Part of the brown mark is still on his skin. Could the entire lesion actually be deeper than what the pathology report said? Also, I'm worried that two melanomas discovered so near in time might indicate some sort of spread. What do others think?
I'm also afraid that the surgeon might not want to be aggressive enough because of my husband's age. On the other hand, I don't want him to suffer through a bunch of painful procedures and treatments either.
I've been lurking on this site for a while and am very grateful for it. I realize that this is small potatoes compared to what others are so bravely facing but I am still terrified - mostly of the unknown.