Reluctant to toss all this out here in a forum, but, here goes. I'm 61 y/o and am 10 hours into getting my PPL. I consider myself relatively healthy although I am Type 2 diabetic, I smoke, & my exercise consists of walking to the truck from the office or house. I did have a Melanoma removed off my left thigh about a year ago. I take cholesterol meds to keep it in check. I control diabetes with meds, and I'm not on insulin. I take Blood Pressure medication for preventive reasons. My blood pressure has always been great. Today is 12-5-18. I submitted an application to MedXpress on 10-8-18. I made an appointment soon after with my AME. 2 weeks later I think. The AME seemed really knowledgeable, cordial, helpful and things went as I expected. He told me mine would have to be a special issuance through FAA but he felt I would get my medical. Just that it would take time. He gave me some forms to have filled out by my Oncologist (Vanderbilt hospital in Nashvville), by my Primary Care Clinic, and my eye doctor. I've never had a problem with my eyes, but evidently Melanoma can move into the eyes, and my oncologist recommended I get annual eye exams. So I head home and start trying to get these forms filled out. I knew Doctors don't get paid for filling out forms, so I knew it would be a pain. Took a month. After getting the required forms, I called to set up an appointment with my AME. Took 2 weeks to get in.11-7-18. It's a 2 hour drive by the way. (one way). Visit was short and sweet and he started the process and told me not to expect to hear anything back until after the first of the year. He did warn me he expected them to require a MRI brain scan because of the Melanoma. They want to make sure I don't have cancer in the brain. Below is what my Oncologist explained to me at the time of the surgery: The Melanoma was on my left thigh. Right before the surgery they inject some sort of die or fluid to "map" my lymphoid system. They chose two lymphoids in the groin area to remove during the surgery. If the lymphoids were clear it was a 99.9% chance the cancer hasn't migrated to other parts of my body. If they weren't clear, they'd need to do more tests. They came back 100% clear and she assured me I'm cancer free. I received a letter from FAA yesterday 12-4 that was dated 11-27. They give me 60 days to reply or they will either refer my case for legal enforcement action or deny my application. Well 7 days has gone by since they wrote the letter. So, I suppose I need to hurry. They are insisting on a brain scan. My oncologist didn't see the need for one, why would they? Do I argue or give them what they ask for? They are also insisting on a stress test due to my coronary artery disease. HUH? Not sure how they decide I have coronary artery disease? I'm not even sure if the FAA has had a chance to review the papers and reports my AME sent them 11-7. I think my first step is to contact my AME again, as they copied him on this letter. If they are trying to get me to give up on this medical, they don't know me very well. I won't quit. But, it sure is frustrating.