I realize my problem is small in comparison to most of you, but I would appreciate some thoughts from anyone who wishes to comment.
Three years ago, I was diagnosed with a thin melanoma on my right anterior shoulder. I was told by the doctor who did the biopsy that it was 0.20 mm deep, with a zero rate. I was never given a copy of the pathology report,.
After the WLE I was told the margins were clear, again never given a copy of the pathology.
I finally demanded that they give me copies of all pathology reports. I am an attorney and it took lots of pushing to get them to respond and give me the pathology reports.
Diagnosis was noted as thin melanoma 0.22 AT LEAST, on the original pathology report. The doctor did a shave biopsy and pathology noted it was transected at the base and peripherally. Obviously the doctor made a big mistake!
The pathology after the Wide level excision, gave the diagnosis as Melanoma in Situ, I assuming the transected peripheral margin? It does not clearly state that, a special note by the pathologist said no invasive melanoma was found. Only atypical cells in the epidermis.
Also stated clear margins, and no melanoma found in deeper layers.
Would you get a second opinion? I realize I'll never know the actual depth, but the WLE pathology said no invasive melanoma found, so it implies the base was transected probably at the margin of the original melanoma.
I'm angry, but I also want to be proactive. if there may be useful information gained. SECOND OPINION?
The lawyer in me wants to go after this doctor, so she does not do anything like this to some one else.
I never went back to her and have a new dermatologist. All has been fine the last three years.
I don't think about this much and I have continued living my life to the fullest.
Any thoughts you have are appreciated!