My wife has been told she’s stage 2A with skin cancer

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I’m after some advice please  

last week my wife and I were told the horrible news that she has stage 2A skin cancer. 
she has had the mole removed and we’re now waiting for an operation to see if it’s spread. 
She has had a flu like symptoms since January and now I’m worried we’ve been too late in seeing a doctor / specialist and it’s spread. 
The cough tends to last a couple days then she might have a day without coughing. She is also wezzy, again some days better than others. 
In your opinion does this sound like the cancer has spread to her lungs?


  • Dear Rhy5,

    Thanks for getting in touch with your question and welcome to the online community.

    My name is Carla, and I am one of the cancer information nurses on the Macmillan Support Line.

    I’m very sorry to read about your wife’s recent diagnosis of skin cancer. It must be a very difficult time for your family, especially waiting to see if it has spread.

    We are not able, as nurses on the Macmillan Support Line, to offer an opinion or make a diagnosis from the symptoms your wife is having.

    It is important to report any symptoms to a member of your wife’s healthcare team. This allows them to make a full assessment and decide if your wife needs medications or further investigations to treat or manage these symptoms.

    On the Support Line we do not have access to medical notes or NHS systems, so it is important to speak to your wife’s treating team or her GP.

    You may be able to speak to a member of your wife’s hospital team, or GP during working hours Monday to Friday. However, outside of these times, in the event of any new, increasing, or worsening symptoms we would direct you to contact your Out of Hours provision, such as NHS 111.

    I can see you have found our New to the community and Skin Cancer forums. Some people find it helpful to share their experience with others, in an environment where you have access to peer support.

    You can also call us on the Macmillan Support Line, 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm,  where we can offer support and a listening ear.

    Best wishes, 


    Carla, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist

    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.

    REF: CC/ LA