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Received letter saying evidence of cancer

4 Nov 2018 11:37

Hi, I had a mole removed 3 weeks ago and I received a letter yesterday saying there is evidence of cancer. Does this mean I have cancer? 

Received letter saying evidence of cancer

4 Nov 2018 15:35 in response to SonyaD

Hi Sonya,

I'm not a nurse but I have been a melanoma patient for many years. Has the letter asked you to return for further tissue removal from the area? From my personal experience, and experience of other melanoma patients I know, I think the wording of the letter means they have found a cell or cells that appear to be cancerous but they may need to remove more tissue for further biopsy to ensure it's a correct result. I would suggest that you contact the phone number on the letter & ask to speak to the consultant or the CSN who can explain exactly what the wording means & what the next steps are.

Good luck and please let us know how you get on,

Angie

Received letter saying evidence of cancer

4 Nov 2018 19:38 in response to AngieT

Thanks so much Angie. They have made me an appointment for me on the 14th but I'm going to try and get an earlier one. I'm driving myself crazy. X 

Received letter saying evidence of cancer

4 Nov 2018 21:35 in response to SonyaD

The waiting is the hardest part I'm afraid. Try to distract yourself with work and doing things you enjoy. Trying meditation, mindfulness, yoga or something similar will help with anxiety etc. 

Best wishes for good results as

 

Received letter saying evidence of cancer

5 Nov 2018 14:03 in response to SonyaD

Hello and thanks for posting.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation and this must be a worrying time for you.

Unfortunately without being involved I can't say exactly what these results might mean for you, but I'm afraid it would appear that cancer cells have been found and further treatment may be needed. You can read more about this and melanomas here.

I'm sorry that you have had to receive this news in this way. As another member has said do try and see if you can speak to a doctor or nurse sooner to explain these results and what will happen next.

I really hope you know more soon, if you have any more questions please get back in touch or if you would like to talk to a nurse please call on 0808 800 4040, we are here Monday- Friday 9am till 5pm.

Take care, 

 Naomi

Received letter saying evidence of cancer

5 Nov 2018 20:25 in response to CRUK Nurse Naomi

Hi, a friend who works at the hospital went and spoke to my consultant earlier this morning who then called me and couldn't apologise enough. It turns out there was a typo and it should have said, "no evidence of cancer." I didn't know whether to be relieved or angry, cry or laugh. I'm so grateful that I'm ok and it's made me realise how awful the diagnosis of having cancer really is. I send my love to anyone suffering. Xxxx

Received letter saying evidence of cancer

5 Nov 2018 22:20 in response to SonyaD

That's such a relief for you. Someone needs to check the letters before they get posted though!

Received letter saying evidence of cancer

8 Nov 2018 16:51 in response to SonyaD

Hello SonyaD,

Thanks for the update.

I am sorry you have had to go through a time of unnecessary worry but pleased to hear it's not cancer which is good news.

Take care,

Naomi