Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and the incidence of skin cancer in the western world is increasing rapidly. Current estimates indicate that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, with approximately 9,500 Americans being diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Fortunately, most skin cancers are fully treatable. Early detection and prompt treatment are essential for good outcomes. Advanced Dermatology and Skin Surgery has a well-established reputation for excellence in skin cancer treatment.
There are many options for treatment. These options may include chemotherapy cream treatment, curettage, and desiccation, excisional surgery, or Mohs micrographic surgery. If you have a recent diagnosis of skin cancer, please make an appointment with one of our providers to discuss treatment options.
Prevention and early detection is key when treating skin cancer.
Chemotherapy Cream Treatment
There are several different topical treatments for skin cancer. In general, these are applied for 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, the treatment area becomes irritated and raw.
After treatment is complete, there may be a waiting period before your provider will see you back in a follow-up office visit and possibly perform a repeat biopsy in the area.
Curettage and Desiccation
This can be performed for different types of skin cancers. It consists of returning to the office for the skin cancer to be numbed, and removed “by feel”. In other words, there is no laboratory testing to make sure that the cancer is completely removed.
After this is performed, there is a raw area that can take several weeks or even months to heal. Often times it will leave discoloration or scar in the area. The advantage of this procedure lies in its simplicity and efficiency
A margin of normal-appearing skin is marked around the skin cancer, and the area is removed by a physician under local anesthetic. Often time sutures will be placed. The specimen sent to a pathology laboratory and checked to see if the entire skin cancer is removed. This procedure can reliably remove skin cancer in a number of situations.
This is the gold standard for removal of skin cancers on the head and neck, and certain other locations on the body. If you have a biopsy in our office which showed skin cancer, your provider can discuss whether Mohs surgery is right for you. If you had a biopsy that shows skin cancer in another office, Dr. Zivony or Myracle will be glad to meet with you in person to discuss the options.