Thursday, January 20, 2011

Well isn't that the berries....

Dr. Lee and I finally agreed to break down and get WB to the dermatologist for a look-see that place on the side of his face. After months of treating him myself, then a couple of months with Dr. Lee treating it, we finally threw in the towel.

Today we learn that Doctor believes it is Basal cell carcinoma which is the most common kind of skin cancer. More than 90 per cent of all skin cancers in the United States are basal cell carcinomas. Fortunately, basal cell carcinoma also is the least serious kind of skin cancer. That's because it grows slowly and rarely spreads. It spreads in less than 1 out of every 1,000 patients. 

So, not the bad kind? Supposing that means they do not think its melanoma is a huge relief as it is now cut off on its way to the lab for pathology.  Hopefully, this is the end of it unless the test results show that another procedure is needed to remove more.

Thought about posting a picture of what Google Images says it should look like, but that some rowdy looking business. No ugly pictures on this Blog, please! If you are curious, you can look (at your own risk).

Good kind or bad kind, it is still cancer and we will do everything we can to expunge it. The new DOCTOR was quick and thorough, giving WB a complete examination. Staff was great and their office is very close to the house. We are going to BELIEVE that this is the last of it.

Of course for an Alzheimer's patient, it will be the healing process that is most critical as they pick, gnaw and scratch little spots that bother them. 

Thankful are we that there was nothing more to be found on a whole lot of skin that has been exposed to a whole lot of sun for a whole lot of years.


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