My 98 year old aunt who is in good health for her age, was just diagnosed with Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma. It is on her cheek. She has had this on her face for a long time... longer than a year I suspect.
Her doc has given two choices…. Chemotherapy cream (which seems like a good answer, but the treatment and Aunty's anxiety may not handle). The second choice is surgery (localized numbing to get it all out and then two sutures in and maybe out). There would be a scar (a line) that could be camouflaged with makeup or will blend with wrinkles. The third option is to just do nothing. With the word superficial, it sounds like it could be ignored, but if she lives 10 more years…. What are the possible problems?
Everything I read says have it removed, but nothing related to someone that is 98 years old. (She is scared of a horrible after scar or divet in her cheek which is very thin.)
She knows I'm asking for opinions. (She goes to the grocery store once a week with my husband, her nephew. She gets in and out of the car on her own. She does her own laundry and fixes her own breakfast and lunch. Reads the newspaper and does crossword puzzles... starting to get forgetful, but who isn't.)