Skin cancer
posted by Stage1apath
10 January 2022

Melanoma

Last reply: 10 months ago

A number of weeks after receiving first two Covid vaccine a mole emerged on top right arm. Kept an eye on its development a number of months later got a private appointment with a dermatologist . Got it taken out and it was determined to be Stage 1a melanoma and two months after that got appointment for wider excision and told got everything.
Follow up is with dermatologist every 3/4 months and he is checking lymph nodes - no ultrascans suggested - it fact just this.
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Question: I keep hearing about a protocol care pathway for melanoma cancer which is the same for public and private patients but no one can give me documents or information has given me any information . I am reading all sorts of research documents on links with Covid vaccine on the internet and now getting very concerned .
has this come up in this forum before

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commented by Kathleen
18 January 2022

10 months ago

Hi Stage1apath,

I am very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I had a stage 2b diagnosis 4 1/2 years ago. It sounds as if the treatment and follow up regime you have is exactly the standard treatment for a 1a diagnosis. The staging is determined based on the thickness of the lesion as well as other criteria. The thickness in particular indicates if there was a likely spread to the lymph nodes or not. A very thick lesion will have spread into the lower layers of the skin. A thin lesion (such as you must have for a 1a diagnosis) has not penetrated the deep levels of the skin and is far less likely to have found a means of spreading.

I have not seen any documented connection whatsoever between the Covid vaccine and melanoma. I have not seen your question come up on the MacMillan site either (https://community.macmillan.org.uk/cancer_types/melanoma-forum) where there is a larger group of patients than here and very regular exchanges between melanoma patients.

I hope you got good advice about taking care in the sun. That and regular checks of your skin are the most important things you can do to avoid recurrence. Don't let this prevent you from protecting yourself from Covid!

Take care

Kath

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