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Silvia: Mother of Son with Morphea

Lima, Peru

Scotch Thistle and Bumblebee by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist I have a thirty-year-old son who got a whitish-pink spot on his thigh. He went to a dermatologist and got a biopsy done. His diagnosis was "Late stage of Morphea."

Well, I am a desperate mother, because they tell me it is a type of cancer. I would like to know whether there is a specialist that can give me information on this result and its treatment, and whether this is a lifetime illness.

Please, I hope you can understand my desperation. I would be really thankful, and I will wait for anybody that can help me.

Webmaster's Note: We have good news for you! Morphea is not cancerous. "End stage morphea" would mean that the morphea spot is no longer active and perhaps beginning to fade, which usually happens in two to five years, even without treatment. Fortunately, people with morphea have a normal life expectancy!

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Story edited 04-28-06 JTD
Story posted 10-21-06 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin
(Español/Spanish) Silvia: Madre de Paciente con Morfea

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ISN Artist: Sherrill Knaggs (In Loving Memory)

Sherrill KnaggsSherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist, created the digital photo to illustrate the story on this page. Sherrill lived in New Zealand. Her story was featured in ISN's book, Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2.

ISN Translator and Editor: Alba León

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