8. A Diagnosis that Could Only be Made When It’s Too Late
Cancer is a horrible, debilitating disease. Thankfully, modern medicine has made it easier for people to deal with it and come out on the other side, fully recovered and healthy. But there are some cancers that are extremely difficult to combat. According to S-Maturin, it’s a cancer called Merkel Cell Carcinoma and involves the sensory nerve cells of the skin. From their story, dealing with this kind of cancer isn’t easy.
“I was involved after the initial excision biopsy and assisted the sentinel node biopsy to check for metastasis. This is where a dye and a radioactive tracer are injected into the tumor. After a short time, a geiger counter is used over the skin to find the lymph node that the tissue in the tumor area drains toward first. It is then excised, being identified in surgery by the dye, and is sent to pathology to see if the tumor has spread to the lymphatic system.” And that must have been the case for this Reddit user. It is too bad to find such a rare disease, but hopefully we all can learn from this experience.