For skin cancers detected early, surgery is often the best option.
The Duke Cancer Institute's team of highly experienced surgeons performs everything from simple excisions and re-excisions to innovative techniques such as intraoperative lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsies.
Sentinel lymph node biopsies allow surgeons to remove a single lymph node from a regional nodal basin to determine whether melanoma has spread from its primary site on the skin.
Our surgeons are also experienced in performing Mohs micrographic surgery to remove the growth layer by layer until only healthy tissue remains, a technique that has the highest cure rate of all skin cancer treatment methods.
Many basal cell and squamous cell cancers can be cured with surgery. With squamous cell cancers, sometimes surgery will be combined with radiation.
For many people with melanoma, surgery may be the sole treatment. Other treatments may be used in combination with surgery.
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