dads melanoma

November 3, 2011 - 19:30

not having a great day. we are are still waiting to see if my dads surgery can be brought forward. no luck yet. i thought i was coping well, but burst out crying at work today, i was not even thinking of my dad at the time! trying to get on with life as normal as possible, kids activitys, work . trying to keep my mother together, keep her thinking positive. i dont know what happened to me today. i just feel so uselees. this is something i can not make better. cant upset my mam by telling her this. must keep on the brave face, he will be fine etc, but inside i am scared . i am heartbroken this has happened to my lovely dad. i will keep hoping this will have a good out come

November 4, 2011 - 12:53

hi rose garden.the first thing i would do is get a copy of your dads pathology report.the main things listed on it will be the type of melanoma he has .the breslow measurment in mm. this refers to the thickness of the mole (tumour)when it was removed .clarkes level, refers to how deep the mole has penetrated into his skin.it will also state if the tumour was ulcerated or not ulcerated when it was removed.it should also have a primary stage for the tumour. you mentioned your dads was 4mmthick so he is falls in the t3 range of primary tumour t3a if not ulcerated t3b if ulcerated.important to note his actual stage will be determined by his next surrgery path report.its likey his next surgery will be sentinel lymph node biopsy and wide excision, both should be done during one visit to the operation theater.it very important that he does not have a wide excision before slnb because if he does the lymphactis around the mole site will be disrupted, slnb is a test to see if any cells have broken away from the site of his mole tumour and traveled to his lymph nodes, probably in your dads case the nodes under one of his arms.they inject a radio active tracer and a blue dye at the site of the mole (tumour)and the theory is they flow through the lymph system find the first or sentinel node, hence the need for the lymhactics at the mole site to be as in tact as posible when they inject the tracer and dye. they take it out do pahtology on it to see if it contains any cancer cells.google royal college of surgeons in ireland guide lines for melanoma its a great source of info it will help you understand the path report.if your dad has the slnb done and it comes back clear he will probably be seen by the doctors every 3months for 3years twice a year for the next 2 and the full all clear after that. post again if you need clarifiacation on any points i have raised.and dont be afraid to ask for his pathology reports you dad is legally entitled to copys of his medical records.your gp can assist you in this. peace to you and yours , rob

November 6, 2011 - 16:36

dear rob. thank you so much for your replies. i was starting to feel very alone! your info was really helpfull. my dad got the date brought forward to 17th nov. it gives me great hope that your daughter is doing so well.please god things will go well for my dad. at least now i know more about it thanks to you! i will put up a post after his op . the surgern is jason kelly in south infermary. i heard of the guy your daughter had. he is sopposed to be the main guy in this form of cancer. i dont know anything about kelly. thank you again for getting in touch.

November 6, 2011 - 16:40

ps ,is t3 stage primary cancer bad?

November 6, 2011 - 20:42

hi rosegarden. great news that your dads surgery has been brought forward. i googled your dads surgeon his cv/profile looks good.the primary stageing of melanoma is really the way that the doctors determine how they will proceed with treatment. usually all patients with breslow depths over 1mm are given sentinel lymph node biopsy.have a look at the royal college of surgeons guidelines for melanoma for more information.it certainly looks like your dad is in good hands at the south infirmary.did he get his biopsy that confirmed the diagnoses done there.peace to you and yours rob

November 11, 2011 - 15:13

Hi rosegarden,

We are sorry to hear how anxious a time it is for you and your family. If you would like to speak to a cancer nurse in confidence to discuss this further you can do this by phoning our National Cancer Helpline at 1800 200 700 (Mon-Thurs 9-7 and Fridays 9-5).

November 11, 2011 - 18:16

hi Rob. thank you for taking an interest in whats happening with my dad. your advice is really great, since you have been through it. he is having the op next thursday , we are keeping our fingers crossed. will let you know.

November 15, 2011 - 20:27

Hi rosegarden.Best wishes to your dad, to you, and all your family. ill be thinking of ye on thursday.Peace to you and yours rob.

November 18, 2011 - 19:36

Dear Rob. My father had his surgery yesterday. He said it did not take long. He remembers looking at the clock at twenty to 3 and woke up about ten to 4. He has quiet a long bandage down his right side , and under his arm you can see where they went in.The doctor, not kelly, came around this morning and told him they were happy the way the surgery went. He has an appointment on tuesday in south infermary with Dr Kelly. thats all we know at this point. He was told the results will be back in 10 days, but i am hopeing that he will be giving some information on tuesday. I will be in touch, thanks for the goodwishes.

November 18, 2011 - 19:36

Dear Rob. My father had his surgery yesterday. He said it did not take long. He remembers looking at the clock at twenty to 3 and woke up about ten to 4. He has quiet a long bandage down his right side , and under his arm you can see where they went in.The doctor, not kelly, came around this morning and told him they were happy the way the surgery went. He has an appointment on tuesday in south infermary with Dr Kelly. thats all we know at this point. He was told the results will be back in 10 days, but i am hopeing that he will be giving some information on tuesday. I will be in touch, thanks for the goodwishes.

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