Your doctor will develop a treatment plan for your skin cancer based on its location, how deeply it has penetrated the surface of your skin, and whether it has spread. Treatment options for basal and squamous cancers include:
Electrodessication and Curettage (ED&C)
A knifelike instrument, called a curette, is used to scrape away the layers of small cancerous lesions. An electric needle is then used to cauterize the wound. This stops the bleeding, seals the area, and destroys any remaining cancer cells.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Critical to the treatment of high-risk skin cancer, especially on the head and neck. Layers of basal cell or squamous cell cancers are surgically removed and examined under a microscope to ensure no cancerous cells remain.
When skin cancer spreads to other areas of the body or hasn’t responded to other treatments, a medication called vismodegib may be prescribed to block proteins in genes that tell cancer cells to grow. Vismodegib has been approved by the FDA and is only prescribed by dermatologists, like ours, who have expertise with this medication.
X-rays destroy cancer cells or shrink tumors. May be used in very select cases or to treat advanced basal-cell cancers.
Skin Grafting and Reconstructive Surgery
A skin graft from another part of your body is used to cover wounds after total removal of skin cancer. The grafting and reconstructive surgery promotes healing, restores the skin’s appearance and function, and minimizes the long-term impact of skin cancer surgery.