I am becoming waaayyy too familiar with cancer these days. Last year one of my brothers was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. What is Multiple Myeloma (MM)? MM is a cancer of your plasma cells. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cells which are located in your bone marrow (the center spongy looking part of your bone). As with any cancer, the myeloma cells becomes cancerous and begins to multiply. They multiply so much that the plasma cell level rises much higher than normal. Since these cells are responsible for making proteins (antibodies), the level of abnormal proteins will increase. These abnormal circulating proteins can affect the health of your bones, immune system, kidneys and red blood cells.
Recently another close family member has been diagnosed with cancer, a skin cancer. This cancer started out as a mole. The mole was located in a place that is not easily visible. The mole erupted and became a sore that would not heal. Finally the mole was biopsied (I’m not sure that’s a word) and cancerous cells were found. The dermatologist suggested that we see a Mohs Surgeon (and I’m thinking, what the heck is Mohs?)
Mohs, also known as Mohs micrographics surgery, is a surgical technique developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s. The goal of this type of surgery is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible while doing minimal damage to the surrounding healthy skin. The surgery is done under local anesthetic and on an outpatient basis. Mohs surgery allows the surgeon to verify that all cancerous cells have been removed at the time of surgery.
Today Mohs surgery has become the most accepted and singularly the most effective procedure for removing Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) the two most common types of skin cancers. The cure rate is 98% or higher.
This is my mom, so how do I feel about all this? Nervous and I’ve turned it over to The Lord, while silently reciting my favorite scripture: Matthew 19:26 KJV:  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.