asal cell carcinoma

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Hi I was diagnosed with Actinic keratoses in September 2022. I was prescribed a chemotherapy cream called efudix. Which I used to remove the lesions on my chest and back. I also had 3 biopsies taken also. 2 of them turned out to be Basal cell carcinoma. I had surgery in January this year in my upper lip. Unfortunately they have to remove more as they didn’t remove enough. So I’m waiting to go back in to have this removed. At the moment I’m also going through an employment tribunal. My employer seems to think that because I admitted that I had Basel cell carcinoma to the consultant and that it had been there 6 year prior to diagnosis. I don’t understand what he means by that. How do I know that I had skin cancer prior if I wasn’t diagnosed with skin cancer. I admitted that it’s been present for 6 years but I didn’t know what it was until the results from my biopsy. Also I was wondering can I still lead a normal life regarding holidays? As my consultant said I can still go abroad. Just no sunbathing, stay out of midday sun and wear a factor 30 to 50 and a sun hat. He advised me to wear sunscreen on my face even on cloudy days. I’m just wondering can I still lead a normal life and still enjoy my holidays with my daughter. Any information would be helpful regarding this please

  • Dear Marie g,

     Thank you for getting in touch and welcome to the Online Community. I’m Kerry one of the Cancer Information Nurses here on the Macmillan Support Line.

    Fortunately this evening due to staffing capacity I have been able to answer your question as normally we can only answer questions on this platform up until 5pm  weekdays, therefore I hope this response finds you well.

    I’m sorry to hear that 2 of your biopsies came back as Basal cell carcinoma.

    Understandably when an area of concern is removed the doctor requires a clear margin of healthy tissue on the outer edge of the biopsy to ensure that all of the basal cell has been removed.

    I hope all goes well with your next surgery for this.

    I’m sorry to hear that you are currently going through a tribunal with your employers.

    Here on the Macmillan support line, we have a specialist work support team that can support you with any concerns you may have regarding work rights and having a cancer diagnosis.

    You can certainly enjoy family holidays in the sun but the main aim is to take care in the sun by keep your skin protected from the sun as advised by your doctor, this includes wearing at least SPF 30-50 sunscreen at all times and with a UVA rating of at least 4 stars, wearing a sun hat, staying out of the direct sun rays when the sun is at it’s strongest (around 11am-3pm) and wearing sun glasses to protect your eyes and wearing long sleeved tops and trousers can help protect your arms and legs. Here is some further information on protecting your skin that may help.

    It can be supportive talking to other who are in similar situations to yourself, here at Macmillan we have our friendly skin cancer online chat forum.

    I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, please get in touch again. You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email or contact us through Webchat

    Best wishes


    Cancer Information Nurse Specialist

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