A little more than a week ago I had a lump in my arm and a node in my chest wall (under the collar bone) removed. Friday a new lump appeared - on my butt! My appointment was supposed to be this coming Thursday but they had me come in early. I am very impressed with my Doctors at Charlotte's response time. Phone call to Dr. White's office at 11am on Friday, he was in surgery so they had me go to my local oncologist who fit me in right away. When they weren't sure what this was I was given an appointment Monday. Could not have asked for a better response time! Once there they pulled in Dr. Amin and the two spoke to me together. Now I don't have to take the drive on Thursday!!
I've been put on an antibiotic and they believe that it's an infection. This has never happened before so we will see. If it doesn't shrink in a week I'm to go back and they will do a fna, but they said it is not presenting like melanoma. None of my melanoma's have presented normally so I hope!!
Ends up that the lump on my arm was not a subq but a lymph node. By the time of surgery it was 2.9cm. He took extra nodes and all others were clear and clean margins were gotten!!! The node under the collarbone was only 1 cm. Other nodes were clear and clean margins!! Knowing that the 2 spots were indeed melanoma I had the best report I could have asked for.
Scans will Dec 2nd. If all is still clear then I'm back on watch and wait! Meanwhile they are testing the tumors for b-raf.
Stage IV for 4.5 years now and going for way more!!