Can anyone tell me if there is a stage that goes along with clarks level? or how i find it out.
I was diagnosed with melanoma on my upper left shoulder blade in April of 2011. I had had it removed by my PCP two weeks before. when the results came back I was told the margins were clear and that i just needed to see a dermatologist every 6 months from here on out. But now I'm seeing surgeons for more biopsies and to have MORE skin taken from around my original incision. WHY THE HECK DO I NEED MORE TAKEN IF THE MARGINS ARE CLEAR?
They told me today when I had my consult with the surgeon that not only do i need more skin taken from the original site but that i have to have my lymph nodes biopsied in my neck and/or armpit. Hmmmmmm. That sounds like a total joy!....NOT!
They also told me that my spot was .99mm thick boarderline for hardcore treatment. so they are playing it safe since I'm so young and going the more hardcore route.
The Dr. says I grow Melanoma. It doesn't just start as a mole like most people.....and just grow a spot of melanoma. How awesome! I'm a petree (sp?) dish for this crap! WTH?!?!
Any input would be great! THX!