Non-melanoma skin cancers can grow large and even be disfiguring. Some can even metastasize if left untreated.
- Basal cell carcinoma (link to info on our site?)
- Squamous cell carcinoma (link to info on our site?)
Your Treatment: Mohs Surgery
If present on the face or other critical site, Mohs surgery (https://www.asds.net/Mohs-Surgery-for-Skin-Cancer/) is a common and highly effective treatment. Mohs is also recommended for non-melanoma skin cancers that have recurred after initial treatment. Benefits are:
- Surgery is done by a dermatologist with special training in skin cancer removal, skin pathology (microscope assessments of the tissue removed), and cosmetic closure techniques.
- It is performed under local anesthesia in a physician’s office.
- Mohs has the highest cure rate, since tissue is examined for cancer cells during the surgery. Surgery continues until the examination shows all clear.
- The least amount of tissue will be removed, since only small amounts of skin are taken at a time, so scar length is minimized compared to standard excision surgeries. (Remember, however, that the visible portion of the skin cancer may be only the “tip of the iceberg”, so lesions are possibly much larger than they initially appeared.
If you have been specifically referred to a Mohs surgeon, your medical records have been faxed. (Advise if you elect a different surgeon.) Contact them directly for a surgery consultation within the next few weeks.
- Jennifer Ranario, MD (starting at Evans Dermatology on August 1, 2015)
- Stephen Houston, MD (http://swskin.com/ )
- Susan Dozier, MD ()
- Michael Fox, MD (LINK)
- Brian Townsend, MD (LINK)
If plastic surgery has been recommended instead of Mohs surgery, contact:
Jennifer Ranario, MD
(Joining Evans Dermatology August 2015)
- After surgery (typically in 3-6 months, as directed by your doctor), return to our clinic for a full body skin cancer screening. Call sooner for any growing or changing lesions.
Use careful and consistent sun protection to minimize additional skin cancer.