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Good afternoon, thank you for getting in touch. Could you tell me a little more about what you'd like to discuss? I may take a few minutes to reply as dealing with other patients too, thank you
I'm very sorry to hear about what's been troubling you.
If you could give me a minute or two I will look over the results and be right with you
Your assessment of the situation is correct in that there is some remaining cancer tissue likely present at one of the edges from the resection, i.e. a little more could have been resected and so the upcoming extra resection is exactly what is required. Given how recent it is it's actually unlikely that any significant further growth has occurred or indeed any damage caused and so I would be pleased that it appears only a tiny piece remains and that it will undoubtedly be resected at the upcoming appointment which the next histology report should be able to confirm.
No that's very unlikely as this is still quite superficial and it's not the deepest edge that has the cancer remaining but rather the lateral edge.
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Yes the in situ literally means in place, i.e. localised to there only.
Well in so much as much larger lesions tend to be deeper as well then it can matter but yours has been resected deep enough, it's the edge that needs extra resection if that makes sense.
It's the side edge of the lesion that remains with some cancer tissue, not the bottom/under edge, as in, it's been resected deep enough but more was needed from the side so that remaining cancer tissue is still superficial not deep
That's quite alright. It would be difficult and I think the only way would be to monitor the sites of those previous resections but if they picked up this melanoma I imagine they likely would have suspected it there if typical in appearance which they usually are but as with any lesions, monitoring them, the site and surrounding skin is what is critical. I do hope that was helpful.
Of course, you're always welcome and I'm glad I could help in any way and that's very kind of you to say. Do come back if you've any other questions and have a wonderful day.