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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Monday was my monthly visit to the Farber.  Sinc Mary McKenney was on vacation, I was scheduled to meet with Dr. Richardson.  Sure enough, he was right on schedule, two and a half hours after the appointed time.  It was great to see him, as usual.  Unfortunately, I had developed a head cold and chest congestion, so he deferred my Zometa infusion for a week.  He also took me off the Revlimid for a week and gave me a prescription for an antibiotic.  

Since then, I have felt worse, and I have spent much of the last two days sleeping.  I think I'm starting to feel a little better now, so I hope I'm on the mend.

When I got home from the Farber, there was a letter from my dermatologist, Dr. Reohr.  Sure enough, two of the three biopsies she took came back positive.  The one on my face is a possibly invasive squamous cell carcinoma, and the one on my arm is a well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma.  I wasn't too pleased with that diagnosis.  I especially didn't like the term "invasive".  I checked online, and as far as I can tell, these can both be removed safely without any concern for them spreading.  Still...  I will have to go in for surgery soon to have them removed, hopefully after my golf trip at the end of February.

Normally, I would prattle on about this and that, but I'm not feeling on top of my game right now, so I'll make this short and sweet.  Until next time.


  1. Sorry to hear about your cold; know you will get better. Not as soon as you would like, but definitely before your golf trip! Also condolences about the skin cancers. I also have to address these issues periodically and while they're not life-threatening as a rule, I'm getting tired of all these little 'snips'. Even they do seem to take a toll! Hugs, Sue

  2. Sorry to hear about the skin cancers. I hope you are feeling better!

    This is last minute, but I was in contact with someone who is trying to do market research with myeloma patients. David has a cancer organization called What Next and it looks like they need a MM survivor to help out on a survey but are willing to pay $150 for their time. Just wondering if this was something you might be interested in. Let me know!

    Take care,

    1. Hi Elizabeth, yes I would be interested, but not because of the money. If my input to a survey would be helpful, I would be more than glad to participate.



    2. Ok here is his email address: