Client stories

“Melanoma and sentinel node treatment”

When I was diagnosed with melanoma, I was terrified. The thought of having cancer was overwhelming, and I didn’t know what to expect. My dermatologist recommended i see Mr Kumar to discuss a sentinel node biopsy procedure to determine if the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes.

Mr Kumar explained the whole procedure to me.  He made it very clear what the benefits were.  He also told me what the risks were.  I was given time to decide if this was the right procedure for me.  

The whole process was really smooth.  I went to KIMS Hospital for the initial dye and scan.  The next day i had the melanoma scar removed and the sentinel node biopsy.  The recovery was a bit uncomfortable, but I was able to manage the pain with   medication. The hardest part was waiting for the results, which took a week. Mr Kumar was kind enough to call me and when I finally got the news that the cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes, I was incredibly relieved.

Overall, I’m grateful for the medical technology and procedures that allowed me to undergo a sentinel node biopsy and receive the treatment I needed. 

Mr BW, 69

Siva Kumar:

A sentinel node biopsy allows us to determine the stage of  melanoma and create a treatment plan that is tailored to the needs of the patient.  If the cancer had spread to lymph nodes and detected early via SNB then early oncology treatment (adjuvant) can be started to give the best chance of reducing the risk of the melanoma coming back.

A SNB  allows patients to have peace of mind. It does carry  risks which can be discussed at the consultation.  

I cannot emphasise the importance of regular skin checks and early detection. If you’ve been diagnosed with melanoma or are at high risk for the disease then come and have a discussion about the diagnosis and treatment options.  If you have private medical insurance this if often covered, or, there are self-pay options.

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