The "procedure" and test

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11/8/2018 3:32pm
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Hello folks,

I had the SLN test and the surgery Monday. The test itself was ok. (by that I mean as far as pain) Minor stinging. The guy (kid) doing the mapping said the closest nodes to the hole my dermatologist left in my chest and where the (draining) was going was on my left side neck/collar bone. The surgeon took 2 nodes out there for pathology. He then made that hole even bigger, pulled it together and stiched it. I've got about 3" stich job. Gotta say the end of the world could of happened and I would not have known. Woke an hour and fifteen mins. later.The first night not bad at all except the bandage is so tight it keeps me looking down. Next day my neck where he took the nodes was hurting and making my neck sore. 

Its been 3 full days since surgery now and am going to change bandages tonight. Node place is still hurting. For such a little cut it sure is uncomfortable. Surgeon said everything went fine and said " the nodes looked fine and normal". I guess thats doctor pep talk until the pathology results come in, right? Still havent heard anything about that yet. As you can tell I'm talking alot, nervous. Will let you all know as soon as I hear something.

Once you get the melanoma diagnoses and they cut it out and the pathology comes back negative are you done with it or are you just waiting for it to hit again? Ok, I'll shut up for now.


ed williams - (11/8/2018 - 4:12pm)

Hi Mike, I hope everything comes back clean and all you have is follow up going forward where you get scanned every 3 to 6 months for the near future. If you are interested and want to look at what is going on in the adjuvant world of melanoma for those that have positive nodes then there is a good series made last summer at ASCO. The video series is on Onclive under melanoma category and feature 4 or 5 specific videos talking about adjuvant stage 3 situations. Here is a link if you are interested!!! Best Wishes!!!Ed

mortalMike - (11/8/2018 - 5:09pm)

Thank you, ED