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Skin cancer and melanoma Q&A (Closed): Wednesday 15 July 2015, 12-1pm

Priscilla - admin
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Ask our nurses your questions about skin cancer and melanoma right here in the forums.

From living with skin cancer to staying safe in the sun, nurses Carol and Bill will be here to answer your questions from 12-1pm on Wednesday 15 July. 

Carol, Macmillan cancer information nurse Bill, Macmillan cancer information nurse

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davie
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Hi i had my voice box removed oct 2014  due to cancer  and i did my 33 sessions of radio and 2 8 hr stints of chemo  that was feb 2015   ime ok  except for the sun  i have to wear dark glasses if i go out  is this  down to the  chemo radio  treatment  i was ok this time last yr  thankyou 

Joanne dawn
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Hi had my skin cancer operation February this year I'm suffering from fatigue I didn't have chemo went back to work end off April but couldn't cope with my early starts as I'm a bus driver just wanted to no how long this fatigue will last for please. Joanne.
Carol G - Macmillan

Joanne dawn
Hi had my skin cancer operation February this year I'm suffering from fatigue I didn't have chemo went back to work end off April but couldn't cope with my early starts as I'm a bus driver just wanted to no how long this fatigue will last for please. Joanne.

 

Hi Joanne. I am sorry to read that you are still struggling with fatigue. They are many causes of this condition which may or may not be related to your treatment.

It might be helpful to have a look at our information on fatigue and make an appointment with your GP to discuss the issues you are experiencing.

Carol

Macmillan Cancer information Nurse Specialist

Annie444
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Hi I went to see dermatologist today was only refered Monday and she has said I need a category A appointment she wants my mole removing in the next 7 days. Everything is moving so quick does this mean they think it's a more advance melanoma?

John - Macmillan
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davie

Hi i had my voice box removed oct 2014  due to cancer  and i did my 33 sessions of radio and 2 8 hr stints of chemo  that was feb 2015   ime ok  except for the sun  i have to wear dark glasses if i go out  is this  down to the  chemo radio  treatment  i was ok this time last yr  thankyou 

Hi Davie

Many people do find their skin is more sensitive to the sun if they have had chemotherapy and /or radiotherapy.

So although it’s not something that many people complain of or mention it’s possible that this may be related.

John

Macmillan Information Nurse

Bill - Macmillan
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Annie444

Hi I went to see dermatologist today was only refered Monday and she has said I need a category A appointment she wants my mole removing in the next 7 days. Everything is moving so quick does this mean they think it's a more advance melanoma?

Hi, Annie. I’m sorry to read that you’ve been worried by the speed with which your GP has referred you to Dermatology. First of all you’ve done absolutely the right thing by going to your GP who in turn has acted correctly by seeking an expert’s opinion.

Your doctor won’t have any preconceptions that this IS a melanoma but is just being cautious. Also, even in the case of a melanoma, there’s no reason to think that it’s “advanced” especially when someone reports it very quickly.- Bill Macmillan CINS

Priscilla - admin
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Hi all,

As you can see, our nurses are logged on and answering your skin cancer questions. They'll be here until 1pm, so keep those questions coming in.

Priscilla

John - Macmillan
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Many people who are worried they may have a melanoma would usually visit their GP. This information describes the guidance GPs follow when deciding how to respond to such concerns.

John

Macmillan Information Nurse

becpullin
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I have had a 1B melanoma diagnosed and removed via WLE.

That was 6 months ago.  I have little ones at home and do my best to be really sunsmart but it is not always easy.  The other day I got a little pink in the face, however the rest of me was covered head to toe.  Is something I should now be really worried about?  What are the consequences of getting pink, burnt etc after a melanoma diagnosis?  How careful do we have to be?

thanks, bec

Bill - Macmillan
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There are also more common skin cancers than melanoma. As with John’s post above you can also see the guidance for GPs regarding other types of skin cancer and specialist referrals.

Carol G - Macmillan

becpullin

I have had a 1B melanoma diagnosed and removed via WLE.

That was 6 months ago.  I have little ones at home and do my best to be really sunsmart but it is not always easy.  The other day I got a little pink in the face, however the rest of me was covered head to toe.  Is something I should now be really worried about?  What are the consequences of getting pink, burnt etc after a melanoma diagnosis?  How careful do we have to be?

thanks, bec

Hi Bec, It is difficult to keep ourselves sun smart and enjoy the sun safely when we have many things to deal with including young children! The fact that you were covered up is good and it might also be helpful to use factor 50 sun cream applied hourly on any area exposed to sunlight. Getting a little pink in the face may have just been because it was very hot. Even if it was mild sunburn then it should not mean that you will be at risk from that one exposure. Following the general safe practice advice of staying out of the sun between the hours of 11 am – 3pm (or sit in the shade) and applying sun cream or wearing long sleeves, hat, long skirt or trousers all go a long way to help us stay safer in this warm weather but enjoy the summer.

Carol Macmillan Cancer information Nurse Specialist

Priscilla - admin
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, and anyone else who is thinking about sun safety -

You may be interested to read this blog post on Staying Safe in the Sun with Style - it was written by our guest blogger Jen, who gives lots of tips based on her personal experience with melanoma.

becpullin
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Will it now affect my chances of recurrence? Why be stricter now?

Carol G - Macmillan

becpullin

Will it now affect my chances of recurrence? Why be stricter now?

Hi Bec, you may be at more risk because you have had one melanoma. So being more protective of your skin from now on can help reduce the chances of developing a new melanoma.

 

Carol