- a malignant neoplasm of the skin
- Skin neoplasms are growths on the skin which can have many causes. The three
most common skin cancers are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and
melanoma, each of which is named after the type of skin cell from which it
- Skin cancer occurs when skin cells start growing abnormally, causing
cancerous growths. Most skin cancers develop on the visible outer layer of the
skin (the epidermis), particularly in sun-exposed areas (face, head, hands,
arms, and legs).
- An object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the
probable presence or occurrence of something else
- Used to indicate that someone or something is not present where they should
be or are expected to be
- (sign) a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a
visible clue that something has happened); "he showed signs of strain"; "they
welcomed the signs of spring"
- (sign) mark with one's signature; write one's name (on); "She signed the
letter and sent it off"; "Please sign here"
- Something regarded as an indication or evidence of what is happening or
going to happen
- (sign) gestural: used of the language of the deaf
- A manifestation or outward aspect of something
- the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear;
"he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the
- confront: oppose, as in hostility or a competition; "You must confront your
opponent"; "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"; "The two enemies finally
confronted each other"
- The face as expressing emotion; an expression shown on the
- The front part of a person's head from the forehead to the chin, or the
corresponding part in an animal
- confront: deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your
problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
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Cancer - Updates, Treatments and Hope for
OK, so I went back to the hospital today for my
prognosis and to hear the treatment plan and I thought I'd give you all an
update :) The diagnosis of oral cancer has unfortunately (but not unexpectedly)
been confirmed and the tumour on my tongue is quite large; it has not spread to
my lymph glands in my throat - although I will require treatment in that area as
they are starting to show signs of swelling. The doctors feel that in my
specific case, giving radiotherapy before surgery, to attempt to shrink the
tumour is not the best option. The plan is to operate in just under 2 weeks...
when I will have approximately half the width of my tongue removed. On the same
day, the surgeons will remove an area of skin, the flesh underneath & an
artery from my forearm & this will be used to at least partly reconstruct my
tongue. From a purely a scientific point of view I find this procedure
miraculous - both medically & biologically speaking. The fact that this kind
of surgery can be conducted at all is to my mind amazing & the fact that you
can physically adapt & respond well to the procedure just shows how
remarkable our bodies are. They will have to do a skin graft to replace the skin
lost on my arm & I will be left with some scarring but in the long run that
is a small price to pay! I will also have my lymph glands in my throat removed
at the same time. The whole operation will take a full day. After the op, I will
be in hospital for 10-14 days & will be fed through a tube (a stomach tube -
so it can remain discreetly in place while I learn to eat solid food over the
coming months). I am young, fit & healthy so while it is major surgery, I
should hopefully heal quickly. I've met my speech therapist who seems absolutely
lovely & will be helping me learn to adjust to life post-op. I have been
reassured several times that while my speech pattern may change, I should not
have a permanent speech impediment & will be able to talk normally again -
although it may take some time. Perhaps 18 months... It is also possible I may
need some radiotherapy after the op but at the moment I don't believe chemo will
be necessary. I'd be lying if I said I've been feeling totally calm &
collected this evening. My emotions & thoughts have veered wildly from calm
& rational to feeling overwhelmed, frightened & sad & back again. I
do absolutely trust the medical staff I've met so far & truly believe this
is something I will completely overcome and probably be stronger, in an
emotional and mental sense, for the experience in the long run. However, I am
also aware that I am about to face possibly the toughest few months in my life
so far - not just the operation but the recovery process. You just don't expect
to have to learn to eat & talk again at the age of 22! I have a lot to be
grateful for though - I have family, friends & medical staff who are happy
to support me. I am young, so healing & adjusting shouldn't be too
traumatic, but not so young that the time needed for recovery etc will interfere
with my education, or for this to simply be beyond my understanding. I am living
in a country - & a century - where miraculous things can be done to cure and
help people living with this sort of thing - somewhere surgeons CAN take skin
from my arm in order to salvage my tongue. The treatment itself may be
unpleasant but I am incredibly glad that I am in a position to undergo it &
hopefully cured of something that would otherwise be incurable. This may seem
like a bleak moment there is in fact, a lot to be thankful for & to hope for
in the future too.
The faces of pain
This scale was on the cabinet and we couldnt
resist playing. Dev started laughing here, Hard not to. He really wasnt in that
kind of severe pain at all. We just wanted to play with the sign to pass the
time. The pain he is experiencing is more like a splinter sticking out of the
skin on his chest so it gets really irritated when jostled. This is at Dr.
Libbey's office. He is the surgeon that put in Devon's IV porta cath in his
chest to administer Chemo. Devon has been having a lot of irritation from the
anchor stitches protruding through his skin making it very painful. With the
cancer numbers looming like they are its not time to take the cath out so Dr
Libbey will put him under in outpatient surgery to repair it.
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