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Melanoma: Questions about radiation

Cancer | Last Active: Oct 14, 2020 | Replies (6)

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Good afternoon and a hearty welcome to you @sherilewis. We are glad that you found us here on Connect. Right off the bat, I'll let you know what we aren't. We are not medically certified or educated. What we are is a caring and sharing cluster of a variety of folks from all over here and there that bring their personal experience to the discussions. And today I think that perhaps I hit the jackpot when it comes to knowledge. Just this summer I had the same surgery for a tumor on my sternum. I recently noticed that I have something left behind on the scar and another one about 6 inches toward the right shoulder.

I had not thought about the issue of mammograms. Let's see what the members of the Skin Group have to say. In the meantime, I will do some checking. Do you have a patient portal that you can access? Perhaps you can add to our knowledge on this one.

And now…..your issue about x-rays of the teeth……..is that the same concern as the mammogram, the radiation?……. or are you worried about the jaw issues (osteonecrosis) with some osteoporosis medications. In some cases, it is better to have your dental work done before beginning the regimen.

Are you working with a timeline?

May you be content and at peace.

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Hi Chris. Thank you for your reply. I am not being seen or treated by an oncologist. I have been treated by Mid-Florida Dermatology. I am waiting to get the results from the most recent biopsy on my chest. At the time they took the biopsy, they also froze a sport about an inch from the biopsy location. So at this time, I don't know what the treatment, if any, will be. I have my skin checked every six months, however, I find that I am running over there every time I see a new spot! My concern is the radiation from the mammogram and dental x-rays. My dermatologist has not referred me to an oncologist; I hadn't even thought about that. Someone from this group mentioned that they transferred their records to a cancer center.

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