When it comes to skin cancer removal, there are many treatment options available. However, the options to the patient depend on the type of skin cancer, where it is, how big it is and if it has spread elsewhere. The latter concern is especially important, for a cancer that has metastasized is significantly harder to remove than one that has remained in one place. Most skin cancer removal is done through surgery.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, Mohs surgery is a popular procedure for skin cancer removal. Our doctor starts by removing the visible skin cancer along with a margin of seemingly healthy tissue. They will then analyze each layer for signs of cancer. If there are cancer cells, the doctor removes another layer of tissue from the patient, and repeats the process until they find a layer with no cancer cells.
A big advantage to the procedure is that it enables the surgeon to verify that they have gotten all of the cancer. The patient will therefore not need any more surgeries or treatments. Mohs surgery has an impressive cure rate of around 98 percent for basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer.
In addition to basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs surgery can also be used to treat some forms of melanoma, which is the deadliest skin cancer. Mohs surgery is particularly useful for treating large and aggressive cancers that have poorly defined borders, are likely to recur and/or are located in sensitive places, like the genitals, face, hands or feet, where the patient would like to keep as much healthy tissue as possible.
Other Procedures for Skin Cancer Removal
Excision is a common and reliable procedure for removing skin cancer. The surgeon removes the cancer along with a border of apparently healthy tissue. They will then stitch the operation site closed and send the cancer to a lab for analysis.
Since there is a chance of the surgeon missing some of the cancer or of it recurring, the patient may need more than one procedure. Excision can be used for practically all types of skin cancer. Other removal methods offered at our office include freezing with liquid nitrogen, radiation therapy and scraping.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
To determine the best method for removing your skin cancer, set up a consultation at Southeastern Dermatology in Lumberton. We serve the Fayetteville area, as well. Contact us today to book your appointment to learn more.