Skin Cancer Removal
Conveniently located to serve Jacksonville, FL
Just hearing the word cancer causes fear in most people and even though the recovery rates can be very good with certain types that are caught early on it is always difficult to accept such a diagnosis. If you suspect that you may have any type of skin cancer (also known as melanoma or carcinoma) then you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you catch it the better your chances of recovery are. It is far better to see a doctor unnecessarily than to make an incorrect diagnosis upon yourself. Even though there are many good books and websites explaining how to tell a malignant mole from a benign one there are always exceptions to the rule.
Skin Cancer Removal
The squamous or basal cell skin cancer can be removed using curettage or electrodissection, Mohs surgery or surgical excision. This may also be followed by skin reconstruction along with its surrounding tissue. More tissues are to be removed since the squamous cancerous cells can be rather aggressive. That is why, apart from the initial surgery, a follow up treatment may also be required, for example, radiation therapy or medication. Surgeons will be using energy beams for the penetration of the skin thereby killing the cancerous cells within the body. Here are two popular methods for skin cancer removal.
Curettage and electrodissection
Curettage and electrodissection is an outpatient process and the doctors will usually numb the skin using a local anaesthetic. A tool known as the curette which is a tiny scoop with sharpened edges is used to scrape off the cancerous cells. The surgeons will then apply electricity to stop the bleeding. This process is repeated many a time till the doctor bandages the area. However, one may notice a small, white or pinkish raised scar on the skin following the procedure.
This procedure is ideal for the basal cancerous cells that have not penetrated the topmost layer of the skin and are not located near the lips and the eyes. This is a quick and simple procedure that avoids the hassle of any surgery while getting rid of the skin cancer cells that are aggressive.
Standard excision through surgery
In the case of a standard excision through surgery, the doctor removes an entire tumour with the border of the healthy tissues. The doctor closes the incision by stitching it up. The tissue is then sent to a laboratory to confirm if the entire tumour has been removed safely or not.
In the early stages of development skin cancer removal can be quick and relatively painless. The surgeon will give sedation to the patient to help them relax, apply a local anesthetic to the affected area and cut out the cancer with a small margin of healthy tissue. This ensures that all of the cancerous skin cells are captured. An inspection of the area will then be done and if necessary more tissue will be removed. If the growth is more advanced and a larger area is to be removed then the doctor may put the patient under general anesthetic. The amount of scarring will depend upon the amount of tissue removed. It may need as little as a few stitches to close the incision or it may be that a skin graft is required to cover the open area. In more advanced cases it may be that some other treatment is necessary in conjunction with skin cancer removal surgery, such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. All of these issues should be discussed with your doctor during your consultation and, if necessary, you may be referred to a an oncologist for a further diagnosis.