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Posted - 08/17/2008 :  04:53:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone here had laser surgery on scc or ak? If so, what was the outcome? Did you like the result, and did the lesion come back?

I just had laser surgery on my nose. I'm not sure now if the lesion was squamous or precancer. One doctor said one thing, another doctor said another. When I went for a biopsy, the doctor told me the lesion didn't need a biopsy, and laser surgery would take care of it. I felt a little pressured to do something, so I said OK. I don't think I'll mind having a scar so much. I just hope the lesion never comes back.

I'd appreciate others' feedback on this method of treatment. Thanks.


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Posted - 08/21/2009 :  14:48:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Allie, I have not had laser surgery as my BCC was on my back and cut off. However, a biopsy is the ONLY way to identify if a lesion is cancerous or pre-cancerous. Insist on a biopsy or see another doctor. I had a rough patch next to my nose that my PA at a derm's office kept insisting was Seborrheic Keratosis, and I wanted a biopsy done, she refused and froze it off, which did leave a scar. That was in March of 2009, and so far nothing else has appeared in that spot. I was VERY annoyed that she became annoyed with me for wanting a biopsy. She is no longer at the derm's office, quite suspicious, and I had only been going there for five months, and no one had an explanation for me. An eye exam can only raise suspicion as to possible cancer, but not a correct diagnosis.
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Posted - 08/22/2009 :  15:22:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Found this article on malpractice and dermatology that has some interesting info on how the dermatologist and the dermopathologist work together to diagnose skin cancer via biopsy.
It is on the 2nd page of pdf on this link below apparently it does require the dermatologist's assessment of the lesion as well as the deramopathologist to arrive at a correct diagnosis from what this article says.

however i must confess that if the dr. says something is not cancer and they do not biopsy and just freeze it off it might make me nervous also but on the other hand they do see alot more skin lesions than i do ... but it looks like from this article there is an error margin as 13% of all malpractice cases from according to one study they cited (from 1995-2001) were misdiagnosis of melanoma. But without the details of the study it is hard to tell how accurate it may or may not be.

Edited by - RidgebackDogs on 08/22/2009 17:05:25
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