About Treating Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives.
Skin Cancer Treatment Options in Frisco, TX
There are several treatment options depending on the type of skin cancer you have and other factors. When choosing the treatment right for you, the experts at Rodgers Dermatology will answer your questions, help diagnose your skin condition, and develop the right treatment plan for your individual needs. Explore the different types of skin cancer treatment.
Most melanomas and many non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal cells and squamous cells are treated by excision. Like Mohs surgery, the malignant moles, lesions, and tumors are removed surgically during an excision surgery. Treatments are done in the office as an outpatient.
Electrodessication and Curettage
During this type of surgical removal, your dermatologist first scrapes the Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) from your skin, using a curetting technique. Then, a procedure called electrodesiccation is used to destroy any remaining cancer cells with heat. This surgery is usually performed only when BCC develops on the trunk, an arm, or a leg.
Medication Applied to the Skin
A prescribed medication is applied to the skin to kill malignant cells. This treatment has a lower cure rate than other types of treatment. As these medications destroy cancer cells, you will likely feel the effects on the treated area. Side effects of these medications include skin redness, swelling, sores, crusting, itching, and tingling sensations.
If radiation treatment is prescribed to treat BCC, you will need to go to a hospital or treatment center for your skin cancer treatments. These are usually given over a period of several weeks.
Mohs surgery is the most effective method of skin cancer removal. It is a specialized type of skin cancer surgery where the visible portion of the skin cancer is removed, along with a narrow margin of surrounding normal skin. The tissue is then taken to an on-site lab, processed, stained, and evaluated under the microscope by the surgeon. Studies have shown Mohs surgery to provide a 5-year cure rate of 99% for new cancers.
Contact Rodgers Dermatology in Frisco, TX for Skin Cancer Treatment
If you suspect you may have skin cancer or have a questionable spot on your skin, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rogers, our board-certified dermatologist.
Are you interested in scheduling an appointment? If so, please fill out the form to request an appointment with Rodgers Dermatology!