What happened to you David, happens regularly in Australia. A skin specialist looks at a persons skin and decides a spot or region if skin looks like cancer. Typically, they just remove the entire suspected cancer then and there and then send it off for biopsy. This happened to Paul about
three weeks ago (the dermatologist was pretty confident it it was cancer although not 100% sure) and this removal required three stitches at the back of his hand. It turned out it was precancerous. Neither Paul or I gave the final outcome a second thought apart from a brief moment of gladness that it was not cancer after all.
Your doctor should not have been so adamant about
it being Basel cell carcinoma, but the fact is that he did do a biopsy. And most likely he would have checked the results of the biopsy before doing the surgery, especially as it requires grafts. Your doctor was a whole lot more diagnosis driven than ours was although perhaps not great at communication.
The good news is that you don't have another cancer to add to the list!
NB: I looked up skin biopsies and the approach that Paul's doctors took was an excisional biopsy, taking out the entire suspected cancer for biopsy. It has the additional benefit of curing squamous and Basel cell cancers while biopsying them.
Post Edited (An38) : 10/12/2016 6:33:10 AM (GMT-6)