Letter: Perhaps GPs don’t know of melanoma surgery issue

What I found out was when melanoma is cut thousands of cancer cells entered the body.

To the editor:

In 2011 I went to my doctor because a mole on my knee had changed in appearance. The family physician  cut it out and sent to the lab.

Two weeks later the report came back it was melanoma but he had cut through the cancer. The lab requested he cut the remainder out and forwarded to the lab.

The results came back 100 per cent contained.

The doctor didn’t say anything, I was happy I had caught it on time.

In the spring of 2014 I was on our way home from our winter down south when my left leg swelled up. I had an ultra sound and my lymphoid were enlarged.

A CT scan was done and I was told I had mestisized melanoma.  I have it in my liver and lung.

What I found out  was when melanoma is cut thousands of cancer cells entered the body.

I’m not sure family physicians understand that. A man I know has also had the same thing happen to him but because of what happened to me he went to the cancer centre and is now being monitored and has a chance for survival.

I think this is so important that people know what can happen.

I hope you will let the public know about this medical issue, maybe it will save lives.

Paulette Pittenger,

West Kelowna


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