Jul 20, 2012 7:59 PM by Elizabeth Hill

Lafayette woman recovering from rare cancer

A Lafayette woman is recovering after treatment for a rare form of cancer. Carla Keneson visited her dermatologist for a routine check-up in April and asked about a small black dot on the side of her nose. "She said I don't think it's anything, but if it bothers you we'll take it off," said Keneson. The biopsy was positive for a rare form of cancer. Microcystic Adnexal Carcinoma or MAC. It's a tumor typically found in sweat glands, and while it doesn't metastasize like skin cancer or breast cancer, it can invade the nervous system. Only about 300 cases have been reported worldwide. "These are very oily parts of the face, and so that's where we'll usually see these tumors."

The next course of action was surgery. Keneson consulted a doctor in Baton Rouge, known for removing the tumor, but learned she would have to visit another doctor for reconstructive surgery. Instead, she picked Lafayette doctor Bradley Chastant. "Why couldn't you do both? We have this capability in our immediate area," she said. Chastant successfully removed the tumor and minimized the damage to Keneson's face. "You get one face and you need to take care of it."

Chastant says this form of cancer does not have a high mortality rate, but it does need to be treated. He says if you have any lesion that persists you should get it biopsied.



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