Nothing like knowing everything the last minute!
We found out late Wednesday that surgery will definitely be this coming Monday. We don’t know the exact time yet, but we know Kevin needs to be at the U of I at 9:00 am. They’ll start with locating the sentinel lymph nodes before the surgery.
He will have the wide area resection, which is removing the lesion plus an additional 2 cm around that – so the area will likely be around 2″ x 4″. This will be deep too, and will create a bald spot. Temporarily they graft pig skin to Kevin’s scalp. If they find they missed some areas, they go back and remove more, but so far this seems very well contained. The pig skin is temporary. They will do the graft to replace the pig skin, but we think this isn’t during the same surgery.
During surgery they will also do the sentinel lymph biopsy. This biopsy is examined pretty quickly. If they find cancer in the node, they will remove it, plus surrounding nodes which may be affected. This doesn’t seem likely either.
Once they determine if anything has spread, they will be able to suggest what treatments Kevin will need.
I’ll have my laptop with me, and will keep this site updated so everyone knows what’s going on. They plan on keeping Kevin overnight.