I was diagnosed a little over 2 mos. ago with basil cell carcinoma on my face right along my jaw line. The dr.'s office called me on the phone to give me the result, all I heard was the word CANCER!!! Without saying, it scared me to death as I had a brother who died of brain cancer when he was 10. The nurse just more or less told me what the dr. wanted to do as far as treatment and at the time, of course, I didn't ask any questions, MY BAD. The dr. chose to use Aldara on my face because of my age, 44, and the location of the cancer, he wanted to spare me from having to do any plastic surgery if we did Mohs. WELL let me tell you - I will never automatically do a treatment that a dr. feels is best without doing my homework. The nurse told me there might be some discomfort and it could make me a little sick. Well a little discomfort and a little sick, MY ASS!!!!!!!!! And now after the fact I can tell my dr. wishes he had gone ahead with the MOHS because the Aldara finds the live cancer cells and attacks them, and my area of attack was a lot larger then the area appeared on my face. I am now going to go ahead with MOHS which I really wish I had done to begin with; but I can't harp on the past, have to look ahead to the future. My surgery is scheduled for Sept. 28th, and though I know it is the #1 treatment for Basil Cell, I am still scared to death.
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