Hey everyone! So this is a bit of a personal post...which I don't do very often but its been a bad morning so far and I needed to vent. Last friday I went into the Dermatologist to have a cyst removed from my upper left arm. It wasn't big or hideous but I have had it removed a couple of times before and it has always come back. Well he removed it, stitched me up and sent me on my way. I went back in today to have the stitches removed which I thought was going to be a 5 minute appt so I just brought my son with me. Well the tech came in and removed my stitches and then the doctor came in and told me to wait a few mins that he'd be right back. When he came back in he had a strange look on his face and he told me that there was a strong possibility that what we thought was a cyst is actually a Dermato Fibroma Sarcoma Tuberance. I asked him if it was cancer and he said "no not exactly"...hm....well thats not the answer I was looking for. He said that it is an extremely rare thing that is very often misdiagnosed because it looks exactly like a totally benign and harmless cyst. He said that in his 30 plus years in practice he's never seen one. He also said that if it ends up being the DFST that they will have to remove A LOT more of the skin around the perimeter so they can make sure they get it all. This is an extremely aggressive lesion that will keep coming back and can...if left too long....become a very disfuguring thing to remove. He told me that they see a case like this about once every 5 years in the whole city...and that he's going to a meeting this afternoon to discuss interesting cases with other Derms and he's going to be discussing my case. Lucky me! He won't know truly what this is until he gets the labs back around the middle of next week.
Although this isn't something that's gonna kill me, it still makes me very nervous and if it ends up being the DFST he'll be removing it again but taking A LOT more (the first time he removed it he took about a dime size...this time it'll be about a quarter size or bigger). I won't know anything for several days though so I'll just be praying until then and trying not to worry. If you guys think about it, would you include me in your prayers? I would really appreciate it!