... cancer out. I have since noticed a small sore in the same spot that is not healing ( similar to the original bcc). After shelling out my portion of the surgery ( $1,700 of the Total Charge of $9,917) If this new sore is bcc should I be expected to incur about the same cost?
Hello! I'm so sorry that you have had to wait 8 days for an answer. When it comes to cancer, even basal cell, it is scary; and when it comes to that kind of money, you have every right to be concerned and upset.
First. I feel that you were placed into a surgical operating environment with the understanding and trust that when they say they got it, they got it. Doctors who remove cancer are taught to remove wider margins than they believe the cancer extends, just to make sure, even if that means disfiguring the patient, because reconstructive surgical techniques can be done immediately, and it is INCREDIBLE what they can do.
You are noticing growth after ONLY six weeks. This is absolutely remarkable. Make an appointment and ensure that you're not looking at scar tissue. If you're not, ask if the MOHS procedure was done last time. When it was done, did you go wait in the lobby/room, then come back? MOHS is needed when basal cell is found on the nose, most especially if it is in the nasal-labial fold, which is the area where your nose meets your cheek. BCC is NOTORIOUS for coming back when they just remove it by site, so in the MOHS procedure, they take out everything they THINK is BCC, then take another scrape. They put that under a microscope while you wait. If they see ANY cancer cells, they go deeper, and they repeat the procedure over and over and over until they know with 100% certainty that it is gone, on ALL margins (sides).
This is what happened to me. They thought they got it all, I waited, they didn't get it all. They went deeper, this time they got it all. I needed reconstructive surgery, so to fill in the "hole", they used cheek material, but the line of incision is my natural smile line/cheek line that normally goes from your nose down towards your mouth. Amazingly, people who look at me can't even see the scar when I tell them and they even look real hard; only I can see it, cause you know how we are. :-p
Let me know how things go, or if you have any questions?
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