Last night, pathology confirmed that the lymph node removed from my neck Monday tested positive for melanoma (unknown primary). All other pathology and my PET-CT scan are clean.
I will contact an oncologist today, but from everything I read and what my doctor says, my next step is a left posterior neck lymphadenectomy. My doctor suggested that I would be "knocked on my back" for about a week with one more week recovery before I could return to work and activities of daily living. I do better when I know what to anticipate. Please help me.
I'm sure some of you have had this procedure. How did it go for you? What was recovery like? How long did it take to get back to a "normal" daily routine, and what was different when you did so? What surprised you about the process? What helped you get through it?
Thanks for your help. I've been reading this board since Monday, and it's a wonderful community.
Stay strong, everyone.