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Should my mothers family physician diagnose and treat a spot…

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Should my mothers family physician...
Should my mothers family physician diagnose and treat a spot on her nose without running any kind of laboratory tests? He told her he was going to give her a cream to see 'how it does' and check it in 6 months. Am i being overly cautious or should she be seen by a specialist for diagnosis and treatment?
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago

Do you have a picture of it?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No i do not. It is a little larger than a pencil eraser, red with white scaley stuff over it.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She has had lung cancer in the past
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago

what did they suggest to put on it?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He was supposed to give her some kind of cream but her forgot to give it to her and didnt write a prescription
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago

was it a cream that burns the area?

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago

It sounds like an actinic keratosis to me

can you google some pictures of "actinic keratosis" and let me know if that is what it looked like?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I looked. It is similar but bigger than what was in the pictures. He didnt tell her what the cream did.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
It really troubles me that there were no tests run and no referral to a dermatologist.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago

I am confident that I could treat that lesion in the office

either with cryotherapy (freezing) or a biopsy and cutting

you are right. something should have been done

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you so very much dr. I greatly appreciate it
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 1 month ago

welcome :)

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