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Hwngrl0104 posted:
I felt a smooth hard lump in the upper wall of my mouth in back of my upper front teeth. Also, upper front gum was reddish looking. I went to the dentist (I have not seen a dentist in over 20 years). The gum specialist did the biopsy and the results went to my family doctor. He said the results was melanoma, one of the deadliest skin cancer disease. I will be having an MRI to find out where it is. He mentioned 4 stages and I wanted to know what they are. Also, what are the symptoms for each stages. This is my first time and hopefully the last. Cancer runs in my family
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello Hwngrl0104 -

I am so sorry to hear about this, I can't imagine the shock you are experiencing. Since it's been a couple weeks hopefully you have more answers and a possible treatment plan

Click here for information about stages from Dr. Steppie. Also, please see our Melanoma/Skin Cancer Health Center for more information and to spark questions for your doctors.

Please check in to let us know how you are doing,
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff's response:
Hi Hwngrl0104 -

I am copying and reposting your response. According to WebMD Terms & Conditions we are not allowed to post names of doctors or surgeons, but since you have been through so much I didn't want to burden you with having to post again.

Here is Hwngrl0104's response and followup -
"I had 2 surgeries last week. _________ performed the surgeries. She did an amazing job. Now, it is the after effects I don't like. The healing process, having 2 tubes in your neck and another in the nose for feeding. I have a metal plate in my mouth that I have to get use to. The worse part about the healing process is the mucous that constantly comes out every second. I go through so boxes of tissue. My throat is starting to hurt when I swallow or bring up mucous. Now, I am starting to cough a lot. The mucous is starting to get thick now. I cannot get a good nights rest because of the mucous. I am afraid I will choke on my mucous and I will not be able to breath. How does someone go through this such pain."

Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff's response:
You have certainly been through a difficult surgery. Along with your palate (roof of your mouth) were your sinuses also involved?

Hopefully you have talked with your surgeon to figure out something to get your more comfortable. Is she able to prescribe a medication to help with the mucous or can they offer you a portable suction machine (through Home Health Care) to suction out the excess? Do they feel that the lack of fluids you are able to intake is making the mucous worse? Maybe you can brainstorm with the doctors and staff for others ways to help.

Hoping each day you are a bit better and a bit stronger. Please keep us posted. We are thinking of you!


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