Options for skin cancer treatment
ExcisionStandard excision is a method that has been used for many years. It is appropriate for basal cell and squamous cell lesions in many cases, but may not be suitable for every patient. Excision is an outpatient procedure that is performed with local anesthetic. The growth, as well as a small amount of surrounding tissue is removed via discreet incisions. Standard excision requires stitches to close incisions, which may result in scarring. In instances when the growth is quite large, reconstructive surgery may be necessary.
Mohs Micrographic SurgeryThe Mohs technique has become the new standard in skin cancer surgery. This outpatient procedure is known for its focus on tissue preservation and its consistently high cure rate. Dr. Lee has expanded her specialty as a dermatologic surgeon by completing the arduous training to become a Mohs Surgeon. Because cancer cells are removed and examined one layer of tissue at a time, this method often results in minimal scarring.
CryotherapySome skin cancers may be treated by freezing them, although this method of removing cancerous cells is only used occasionally and only on small, superficial lesions. If it is suspected that deeper tissues are affected, either Mohs or standard excision is the more appropriate treatment protocol.
Topical chemotherapyBasal cell and squamous cell carcinomas that are superficial and very new may be treated with topical chemotherapy. This method requires a weeks-long commitment to daily application of a medicated solution that may cause skin irritation and flu-like symptoms. The downside to topical chemotherapy is there is a lack of margin control, which makes it difficult to confirm complete removal.
The right approach is a tailored approachThere is no single skin cancer treatment that is right for every situation. It is only through a personal approach to each growth that the desired outcome is reached.
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