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The Melanoma Waiting Game

One thing we have gotten pretty good at due to Melanoma – waiting. Anyone with cancer will tell you – the waiting is one of the worst parts. Waiting for news on biopsies, scan results, doc appts, etc. It sucks, but you learn to deal with it. We waited a lot this past week. Last Wed, we waited in the surgical oncologist’s waiting room – it was so crowded that we had to wait outside the door for a while because there was no place to sit inside. While we waited, we saw others waiting. We even saw a very young man (maybe early 20s) with Melanoma waiting with his dad to see our doctor (we tried not to stare, but he had a huge wound on his neck from surgery to remove all of his lymph nodes). Today we waited in Mike’s medical oncologists office. The lady before us had brought 4 members of her family to chat with the doctor so we knew we would be waiting a while. And now we are waiting again – for the second opinion on Mike’s lymph node biopsy from UCSF. We should know on Tues.  But if not, its no big deal, we will wait more.  We are pros now.

PS – While we were waiting, we read about the latest news in Melanoma and it gave us hope:

http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/11/25/implantable-cancer-vaccine-shows-promise.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20091126/hl_hsn/implantablecancervaccineshowspromise
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/incytu-cancer-vaccine-implant-able,1069213.shtml