Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 2014 Upper Chest

What a hassle!  One little spot near my collarbone continued to be angry after my neck treatment a couple months ago and continues to get rougher and uglier.  I know if I wait til my February appt, it'll have to be a surgery spot and I can't keep paying surgery bills.  The reason this is a hassle is I'm working 7 days a week, often 18hr days and constantly in the public eye.  So with no sleep, it's hard to cope with the hassles, uglies and pain of an Efudex treatment.  But....paying another year for surgery #6 is worse!  So, I started a new round of Efudex New Year's Eve and made it 18 days before I just had to stop.  Work was climbing all over me and I just couldn't keep adding more to the things to do list.

Just like all other treatments, what starts as a single spot quickly spreads and this time spread into 2 pretty dramatic locations.  Obviously, as the reaction spreads, I expand my application.  During the highest reaction days, my work schedule was so crazy, it was all I could do to treat, so no photos of the highest reaction this time.

Been off the treatment about 10 days and the scabs are all completely gone, but there's a new rough spot, in a different location of course!  Guess I'll have to tackle the whole chest after work goes back to regular hours middle of February....better than a surgery bill :)

 The spot that started it all.


  1. Bless your heart, Pam; what a spirit!

  2. Hang in there. You're doing great. Efudex has eliminated COUNTLESS lesions for me (I'm 64, whiter than white), everywhere from my face to my belly to the back of my knees. The only scar I have from skin ca treatment was from surgical removal of a small lesion by my nose that turned out NOT to be basal...the doc had just eye-balled it and called it basal (don't ever proceed with surgery without adequate biopsy). I always test with Efudex before seeing a doc, and 9/10 times the Efudex wipes out whatever it was. Some lesions take years to fully eradicate, but my arms, especially the sensitive paler skin on the inside, look 100% better today than they did 10 years ago. I have a lot of brown spots on my face, but I keep the AKs away.

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