I had Mohs Surgery on my lower lip 2 months ago for superficially invasive well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma. 3 layers were removed, post-op size was 2.1 x 1.3 cm. I have been following up with a dentist, an ENT as well as a dermotologist. My surgeon says he got it all (clean margins). I was also told by ENT I have allergic rhinitis and I have a bad taste in my mouth, also on lips. All of this is stressing me because I lost my mother 5 years ago from oral squamous cell carcinoma. I did smoke, quit before the surgery. Am I doing everything I can as far as follow-up or do I need to see an oncologist as well? Is it normal to be so freaked over this? What are the statistics for a reoccurence?
Hi .. I don't have answers but have had small thyroid cancer so it is normal to feel as you do sometimes. Then 6 mos later I had an early melanoma appear and have it removed. It was pretty anxiety ridden 6 mos for me but I"m absolutely fine and it's just a part of my history now and evokes no anxiety at all.
Anytime a new word like Cancer is added to our history, it usually will provoke some anxiety .. and that is normal. Send me a PM if you'd like .. I can help you some more via PM on ways to work thru the diagnosis symptoms .. not so sure on the stats or anything like that.
Hi..Thank you for commenting. I am not new to Cancer. I had a double mystectomy with a tram reconstruction 8 years ago. For some reason this cancer scares me more. I think maybe because I lost my mother to the squamous cell carcinoma.
I need to ask a silly question now. What is a PM? I am new to forums.
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