"basal cell carcinoma mohs surgery"

About: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital / Dermatology

(as the patient),

I was referred by my GP over two yrs ago for a spot on my nose. Immediately on examination in dermatology it was diagnosed as a basal cell carcinoma. I was really upset since as I didnt know what would have to happen. I was then referrd onto the MOHS team as I was told it would have better outcomes. The surgery was carried out by Dr. Tan and a specialist nurse, they were really great. Whilst doing the surgery I had to have most of my face covered which was a bit claustraphobic. I must admit the local anaesthetic ws painful but they were very good and reassuring. Dr. Tan was operating and she was talking to the nurse about everyday things which I was glad about because I was focussing on their conversation and it helped me not to panic. Also because they were just chatting and not talking about the tumour they were removing and making a big thing of that, it helped destress me as the last thing I wanted to know about was the actual surgery.

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Response from Janice Bradfield, Senior Communications and Membership Manager, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We are pleased that the dermatology team were able to put you at your ease during this procedure. Thank you for providing feedback on your care and we will pass on your comments.

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