I was diagnosed stage 1b a couple of months ago. I was 1.9mm non ulcerated with a Clark 3 and Mitiotic rate of 6. I went to the dermatologist who decided to do my WLE on the spot. Before I left he suggested I see an oncologist so I made an appointment. The oncologist said the results from the WLE came back clean however based on the stage and mitiotic rate a SLNB would be necessary to determine if it has spread. I got a surgeon recommended and booked the procedure. When I was coming around from anesthesia the surgeon told me nothing lit up and he wasn’t able to get a lymph node. I only write this because after making an appointment with my oncologist to see what happens now I went home and researched online why they couldn’t get one and what that means. I found nothing. I couldn’t believe it was only me that had this issue. After seeing my oncologist it seems that sometimes when they do the WLE first it can change the flow or mapping to the lymph node and make it so the radioactive dye doesn’t get there. Hope this helps someone. Next order for me is a PET scan which Im hoping will help me determine if I’m stage 3 or clean.
"The key is not to attend your funeral until the day of your funeral"
Not sure you coined the phrase but it helped me.