New Diagnosed stage 1a

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Dave61184
9/13/2018 5:27pm
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Hello prayers for all. I was diagnosed with stage 1a and needless to say very scared. Is there any such a thing as a happy ending as to everything I read post of 1a spreading and that scares me. I have had my wle and they stated I’m all clear but still feel like I’m missing something cause nothing else was offered by my dermatologist  and didn’t even get referred to an oncologist. Even my regular dr don’t seem concerned. Well anyways I guess I’m just scared of the unknown. Below is my original path info before wle. Everyone keep up the good fight!

HISTOLOGIC TYPE: SPITZOID BRESLOW'SDEPTH/MAXIMUMTUMORTHICKNESS: 0.3MM CLARK/ANATOMIC LEVEL: II
MARGINS
PERIPHERAL MARGINS: INVOLVED.
DEEP MARGIN: FREE. ULCERATION: ABSENT.
SATELLITOSIS: ABSENT
MITOTICINDEX: 0
LYMPHO-VASCULAR INVASION: ABSENT. NEUROTROPISM: ABSENT.
TUMOR-INFILTRATING LYMPHOCYTES: NON BRISK. TUMORREGRESSION: ABSENT. LYMPHNODES(IFAPPLICABLE): N/A
PATHOLOGIC STAGE (AJCC 8TH EDITION): PT1A, PNX, PMX
See melanoma table. After H and E review, a Melan-A stain was performed to highlight the melanocytes in this lesion. Controls stained appropriately. This melanoma exhibits an epithelioid cytomorphology; however the lesion asymmetric and poorly circumscribed with extensive pagetoid scatter across the entire lesion to all levels of the epidermis. With these features, this is interpreted as a superficially invasive melanoma with some spitzoid features. This case has also been reviewed by other dermatopathologists, Drs. Smith and Murphy who agree with the diagnosis.

mandyjill - (9/13/2018 - 5:43pm)

Sounds appropriate to me.  Just keep up the regular skin checks with your dermatologist.

Janner - (9/13/2018 - 8:07pm)

This is a very early lesion.  Oncologists usually don't see early stage warriors.  They have nothing to offer them.  Oncologists treat cancer and yours has been removed.

QuietPoet - (9/14/2018 - 12:22am)

This sounds just like mine from a year ago. I had my wife local excision to make sure margins were clear and that was that. Very few people progress beyond 1A when it’s caught that early. Just do your regular skin checks with your dermatologist.

Stage 1A excised, keeping an eye on another; multiple dyslpastic nevi.

MelanomaMike - (9/14/2018 - 11:09pm)

Great news! Huh, wish i was 1A, i was 1a back in 1999/2000 when i first noticed my mole above my left knee, i wasnt diagnosed as 1a by a doctor mind you, i merely noticed it on my own and didnt know a damn thing about moles except something about turning dark or black in da middle.
Move ahead to 2008 when i finally saw a Derm Doc about it and, well, the rest is history, stage 3b & it metastasized to my lymphs in left groin as well..so, its been Mikes Big Adventure ever since!..thats where Education on Melanoma comes in, i was "Un" educated, now im stage 4 & its in both lungs & i couldnt be happier! (Kidding) it sux eggs but what can i do? I Just keep my boots on & stay in the fight..Mike

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Be diligent about checking your own skin for changes or "new additions". See a dermatologist at 4-6 month intervals. The doc will be able to note anything "odd", but won't know you like you know you... so be sure to point things out and take pictures if you think they've changed. SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN. Once diagnosed, you know your skin has made an attempt on your life. Don't expose yourself to additional risk. 96-98% of stage 1a folks will remain clear, and move on with living life. You'll find precious few of them online, unless they're in the oddball 2-4% who progress.

Dave61184 - (9/19/2018 - 10:31am)

Thank you all for the reply.