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Kevin H

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Hey Gang - I was just visiting with Barbaraok. She shared something with me that I want to pass along. Her husband is dealing with squamous cell carcinoma of the scalp. It has gone almost down to the skull. He will be getting some radiation as a follow up to other procedures in the hope they get it all.


Let's all say some prayers for them.

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Thanks so much for your caring thoughts. And remember your hats and sun screen, especially if you've become a little thin on top. Also if a scrape doesn't heal like it should, get it looked at. As we get older our careless ways when we were teenagers come back to haunts us.

 

Barb

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I know you have been down a similar road before but somehow that doesn't make this one easier. Please, know you have our support as you go through this time.

 

My Dave wears his hat a lot to protect the top of his head yet he got a cancerous growth on his ear that had to be cut out. Get broad brimmed hats, folks, not just ones with bills in front. My Dave's hat brim goes all the way around but, apparently, was not wide enough.

 

Linda Sand

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You're correct, this isn't our first dance with cancer and this one is a lot easier than mine. That said, it hasn't been an easy couple of weeks since they went so deep to get it all and had to pull the scalp so tight to close it that when it then swelled (as most tissue does in response to a cut) it was extremely painful. Add to that the blood thinners that Dave is taking and we had a fun few days trying to keep the swelling down and get the bleeding to completely stop. Even with the swelling down, the skin is so tender that pulling off the tape around the edges of the wound can cause a little bleeding. Thankfully he doesn't have to wear any bandage during the day now and the stitches are out so things are progressing. We have a radiological consult next week and treatments to start the week after.

 

The big hats are really a requirement in very sunny areas like Arizona. There were a number of people that were having ears/noses/necks as well as the top of the scalp done during the day that Dave had his done. Unfortunately it is all of the times when we were much younger that set the wheels in motion, but as we age and the hair coverings diminish, we need to increase our vigilance with regard to sun exposures - even when driving with that big window in front of you allowing sunlight to stream onto your arms.

 

Barb

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Dave and Barb

 

May the Lord be with you, may He hold you in His Arms and keep you safe. We pray Lord that You would heal Dave's body from cancer. Lord this is our prayer for Dave and Barb, we ask this in our Lord Jesus Christ name. Amen

 

Dennis

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The big hats are really a requirement in very sunny areas like Arizona.

Since my bout with melanoma I have changed from ball-caps to brimmed hats whenever I'm to be out in the sun for long at all, even in states that are not as sunny as some. What is concerning to me is that I recently read on Skin Cancer Foundation website that they predict that 50% of the Americans currently past 65 years of age will experience some form of skin cancer at least once in their lives.

 

Let Dave know that we too have remembered him with our prayers.

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Ours thoughts are with you two too Barb.

 

I wear a Stetson type straw hat when out doing the work around the property. I never wore that style hat until my 40s and have the brim front and back bent to cover which makes the sides flare, and I wear it low touching my ears. I'd add to see your dermatologist every six months if your plan allows.

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Folks laugh at my hat (in my picture) but my dermatologist likes it.

 

20 years in the army, all wearing one stupid looking hat or another that didn't cover my ears or the back of my neck did me no favors. I got read the riot act not long after I retired here in Arizona, as the doctor was freezing a few spots and snipping a couple others. Got a good hat on the way home and wear it every time I step outside for more than a minute.

 

I feel a bit sorry for folks that get told "wear a hat or your pre-cancerous lesions will turn to cancer" and either don't bother or get a baseball cap, like Kirk's :-) that leaves your ears and neck exposed.

 

If you have never sat by the phone hoping that your biopsy report comes back negative you probably don't take the warnings seriously. I was lucky, I got good news but there is no way I'm pushing my luck.

 

Get a good shady hat, skip the phone call stress.

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If you have never sat by the phone hoping that your biopsy report comes back negative you probably don't take the warnings seriously. I was lucky, I got good news but there is no way I'm pushing my luck.

I had one positive, but visit the dermatologist faithfully twice a year ever since and have had some basil cell and precancerous spots frozen as well as two sent off for tests that we negative, since that day in June, 2008 when I first heard that "C" word. It is a scary event and does make a believer of you!

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God bless you both, our prayers are with you.

 

We too have had several encounters with skin cancer. Numerous snippings, some deeper and biggger, and the waiting for the biopsy results, then maybe more surgery. Much good advice has been given here.

 

Carl and Jane

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, we need to increase our vigilance with regard to sun exposures - even when driving with that big window in front of you allowing sunlight to stream onto your arms.

 

Barb

I often place a bandana or pillow case over my arm to protect it from sun coming through the windows.

 

Linda Sand

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  • 2 weeks later...

Dave has started his radiation treatments and it is going well. In fact it takes longer to drive over to the clinic (~ 7 minutes) than the treatment which is less than a minute. Only problem is that for 20 days he has to be there at 1:30 pm - so the month of February is sort of shot - but he will be done before Spring Training starts!

 

Barb

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