Skin cancer

A place for people affected by any type of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, to support one another, ask questions, and share their experiences.

Basal cell

Sister S
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I have had a lesion on my face below my eye socket for over a year. I had also a bad accident fracturing C5 and also with facial injuries. 14 stitches and bruising on all of the face. After injury healing... I was aware that the lesion was still there and getting bigger. My doctor finally referred me to consultant... I had to wait four months on the appointment. He has confirmed I need surgery, nowhere this it will be a further four months.
Lesion is getting worse, inflamed, hot, and horrible. a raw ulcer on the face most days. Concerned and worried over the delay In surgery. Also ..I don't know what to put on my skin as it is very fragile. Can anyone advise?
Femdor
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Hello Sister S

Very sorry to read of this as either one of the problems is enough to cope with! I can understand too the feelings about the long delays in appointments and treatment for your BCC as I have just been through the same [ 12 weeks for each so not quite as long as you]

I can't advise you what to put on the sore lesion and in your shoes I would make an appointment with my GP/Practice Nurse and ask for it to be asap.

Meanwhile I would possibly get advice from Boots pharmacists [ one who has extra training] as to what you might put on the sore,  and how.

Best of luck!

Dorothy

Sister S
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Thank you so much for your response. With so much pressure on Doctors I feel reluctant to call. I am in the caring role with my husband who has bowel and liver cancer and my mum who has Alzheimer's. So a pretty busy life at the moment. I did speak to a local pharmists frankly no guidance I didn't already get on google. No one seems to be able to tell he how to treat the ulcer. I try to keep it dry but it us itchy and hot... Patience running out. I trust you are recovering and doing better...
Femdor
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Hello again Sister S

Ah I see myself in you just a bit and I do  feel sorry you are under extra caring burdens however you must also look after yourself. I was chasing hundreds of miles doing very difficult journeys of 12 h to help care for my younger sis who had a brain tumor sec to lung ca they discovered then her intense RT and chemo and all the awful side effects she has; supporting her partner and daughter. At the opp end of the country, tho nearer to me,  my other younger sis had her 3rd stroke [ she's a type 1 diabetic]. In all this i just kept ignoring this mini volcano on the tip of my nose...despite it bleeding etc for months!!! So I was already  months late GOING to my GP then the two 12 week waits i mentioned. And of course it got bigger, even though it isn't invasive of other body parts it means I have had a much bigger removal and skin graft op than if I'd gone earlier.

Although I  know you have had your diagnosis and are waiting for the op you have a sore which needs attention and the doctors are there for YOU as much as anyone else and even if busy YOUR health is part of their remit so just call and say you need help asap!!DO get in touch with you PNurse and tell the Receptionist  you're waiting for surgery but the lesion is bleeding /sore etc and you should get seen soon!!

Yeh I know what you mean about lack of guidance as I had zilch post op and having physio for a hand op they did simultaneously [ targets have to be met so two for one on NHS now! ] which is a pain in more ways than one but the silver lining is that she knows about plastic surgery recovery as worked there so am getting info form her!

Thanks I am recovering slowly  and finding the appearance of the graft on my nose difficult but ...beginning to  get a bit of  make up on it when I go out.

Look after yourSELF!

Best wishes

Dorothy

LuckyBoy
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Hi Sister S,

                  Very sorry to read of your situation which seems so much for one person to have to deal with, and which you have struggled with so bravely.

I don’t have any experience of Basal Cell, but may I suggest you visit cancerbuddiesnetwork.org? There you will find people who have empathy, who will listen to you, and who can offer you sound advice from the wealth of experience they have. They certainly helped me.

Always here if you want to talk.

With Every Good Wish,

LuckyBoy.

Sister S
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As you say Dorothy... Months late....promise I will make a call and see if anything can ve done sooner. Your words ave really helped.
Sister S
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Thank you... I will certainly investigate. Appreciate your kind response.
Kirstin82
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Hi Sister S,

I had surgery to remove a BCC  from under my eye in December.  I know it's very worrying, but please try not to panic too much.  The doctors are really good and will talk you through everything. I didn't feel a thing during the surgery.

I was also worried about the scarring as it was on my face but even now just a couple of months on, mine is almost completely healed.

Definitely get some advice on what to put on it while it's inflamed though.

Hope everything goes well and here if you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them x

K x

Sister S
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Update.
Surgery now planned for Monday. No direction to date regarding ulcerated lesion.
In an effort to keep clean and sterile I apply a daily dry dressing.
When you have shingles you can't cope with water hitting your body... This feels just the same.
Roll on Monday........
Sister S
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I had my surgery on Monday. Today I have removed the main dressings. Fifteen stitches.
I can't say I am surprised I knew all along this was not great.
I feel angry that this was not dealt with sooner.
I was too polite and didn't want to be pushy.
My advice to anyone on a waiting list is get back to your doctor and try to fast track your surgery.
Sister S
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Saturday...five days after surgery.
I have slept after the surgery from exhaustion and relief after all the waiting.
Healing is ongoing. Stitches due to be removed next Thursday. I could only get appointment with surgery nurse to remove stitches as doctor appointments fully booked up until after Easter. I pray I get no infection at this stage and that the surgery has removed all of the lesion and margin.
LuckyBoy
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Hi Sister S,

                      Fighting cancer is no picnic. During my battles with cancer I learned that the best way forward was to try and be calm and objective. Try to focus on what’s positive for you, rather than a disease that’s trying to stand in your way. Think about your family, your hopes and dreams, people you love.

There will be dark days, times when you are fearful, and times when you feel vulnerable, too. Time spent waiting for test results and diagnosis will seem like forever. But those days will pass. Fighting cancer is like walking down a long, dark tunnel. You can’t see, you don’t know where you are, and it seems to go on forever. But like all tunnels, there is a light at the end of it and you will get there.

You are not alone. You did the best thing by coming to this website and talking about it. Talk to your friends. Talk to fellow-sufferers. Talk to survivors. Talk to organizations like MacmiIlan who know how to help. There is also another website called cancerbuddiesnetwork.org – there you will find people who will listen, people who care, people who will comfort you.

And always remember: Cancer is a word – not a sentence. Never give up.

Always here if you want to talk.

Take Care.

LuckyBoy.

Sister S
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Wednesday... Nine days after surgery.... Last two days have been eventful and painful. As I was unable to get doctors appointment ended up back at the hospital dermatology department on two consecutive days. Finally got anti biotic ointment and have applied. Also got vaseline and have applied on my face. Hoping to get stitches out tomorrow.
Sister S
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14 days after surgery. Thank goodness the wound is settling. I had an infection and thankfully the anti biotic cream has made a huge difference. The inflammation around all of my face has really calmed down. I have had all the stitches removed. Surgery nurse gave me good guidance on cleaning wound. Simply clean with sterile water using gauge and then apply the anti biotic ointment twice a day. Use Vaseline on rough dry skin to moisturise overnight. Biopsy results will not be back for three weeks from surgery.
megan 50
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hi kirstin82 i know it was years ago for you but i had a bcc 5 years ago i had radiotheraphy it made a helluva mess of my face,but it cleared up,now i have another one on the same site,waiting for appointment,did you have radiotherapy or how did they treat it please and how are you 5 years down the line xx  please reply to me.love megan 50 .