We have come so far in the last 200 years when it comes to modern medicine. But what I have learned this week is that we still have a really long way to go. There is no cure for cancer. There is no totally effective treatment for melanoma. What works for some doesn’t always work for others and the doctors don’t really know why.

This week my mom had some large lumps appear on her back near the scar from her surgery to remove the initial melanoma. The lumps appeared very quickly and grew rapidly. We were convinced it was merely some fluid build up or something to do with the healing. And we may be right. Or we may be wrong.

My parents went to see Dr. #1, the oncologist, who said it was a recurrence of the melanoma {insert sick feeling, tears and profanities here}. They discussed alternate treatments, surgery and chemotherapy. This was not the news we wanted to hear. Then my parents went to see Dr. #2, the surgeon, who said it may or may not be melanoma. It may be something from the surgery – old blood or fluid – he wasn’t sure. He had never seen anything like it. He took a needle biopsy. The results will be back on Tuesday.

So we wait. For Tuesday. For the MRI and the CT Scan. For the pathology and the expert’s recommendations. While we wait we tell each other "I love you" because really that’s all that matters.

P.S. – Thanks to my wonderful friends. Especially Karen who brought over a beautiful dinner complete with a bottle of wine on my mom’s last day of treatment. "I get by with a little help from my friends".

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    i prefer quick fixes wherever possible

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    Where did you find out about this?

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    oh, Jen.
    thinking of you and your family today.

  • http://www.notthemoty.blogspot.com LoriD

    Keeping my fingers crossed for good results.

  • Anonymous

    I had a melanoma which was caught early, thankfully, but I am still followed carefully every six months to see that everything is still clear. It has been two years now so hopefully that is a good sign, but I think about it almost every day, and I think once you go through something like this it changes you forever. I’m so sorry about your mother. Cancer is scary period. I was told to stay out of the sun during the day and wear lots of sunscreen but the surgeon told me that the damage was done when I was child. I try to caution my two girls about this but they just don’t get it. At least when they were younger they had to put on the sunscreen because I made them. Now it’s up to them. I wish you the best and hope the latest test results are negative.

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