When your Dermatologist finds a skin cancer, s/he has a wide array of medical and surgical treatment options. The choice depends on the type of cancer, the location and our patient's needs.
For very specific types of skin cancer, a topical medication that works through boosting the immune system may be used. Typically, the topical medication is obtained with a prescription at the pharmacy and is applied at home for several weeks.
Excisional Surgery involves the removal of the entire lesion along with some of the surrounding tissue as a safety margin. This area is usually stitched closed after the cancer is removed. This procedure is performed in our Surgery Center and the removed tissue is then sent to the laboratory for microscopic review to be sure all the cancer is gone.
Of all treatments for skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery offers the highest cure rate for skin cancer: up to 99% with the smallest scars, according to the American College of Mohs Surgery. Plus, this state-of-the-art method of skin cancer removal offers the lowest possibility of skin cancer regrowth and less risk of scarring than with traditional methods. With this highly specialized procedure, the skin cancer tumor is accurately and precisely removed down to its roots, giving it little or no chance to grow back.
Your physician will determine your needs for Mohs surgery and our staff will prepare you for the procedure. Our AAAHC approved surgical center includes a CLIA approved laboratory for analysis of the tissue during the procedure. For selective patients we also perform the Mohs surgical procedure at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital. We also work with selective Plastic and Oculoplastic surgeons for advanced and complicated surgical cases.
Dr. Monheit has over thirty years of experience performing Mohs surgery, reconstruction and other procedures for skin cancer. In our state of the art surgery center you will be treated effectively and with compassion.
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Electrosurgery is done in our office and involves scraping or burning in combination with low levels of electricity. This is done on the tumor and close surrounding tissue to be sure all the cancer cells are destroyed.
Radiation is performed by a radiation therapist and requires several treatments over a month or more. This option is used when surgical removal is not recommended such as in elderly patients or patients in overall poor health.