Skin Cancer Treatment Medina
If you have just received a cancer diagnosis, you may be feeling anxious or hopeless. Cancer diagnoses bring to mind chemotherapy and procedures that drain cancer patients of energy, seeming to kill as they help destroy cancerous cells. But with skin cancer, the story is different. Depending on the stage of the skin cancer, you very well can get a minimally-invasive procedure or medication that can reverse the growth of cancer cells by destroying tissue in the affected area, effectively leaving no cancer cells left to proliferate. Skin cancer treatment Medina is a fairly straightforward, routine treatment that can incorporate your concerns about your cosmetic outcome and eliminate the defective tissues. Whether it is your first skin cancer treatment or your tenth, DSC is a reliable provider of both procedure and topical therapy-based treatments and takes care to ensure your absolute peace of mind through a difficult time.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Our star treatment, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is incredibly effective (99% success rate) at treating many basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). It is relevant for areas that are highly visible, providing a minimally-invasive way to address skin cancer on the eyes, nose, lips and ears. The process requires you to stay on-site for 4-5 hours and have tissue removed then sent to lab for testing repeatedly until we detect no further cancer cells. We can also remove melanomas, a more specialized process that is newer in technique and employs immunostains specifically designed to map out individual melanoma cells not visible with routine staining. Mohs surgery is our favorite skin cancer treatment Medina due to the high cure rate, high level of precision and low risk for scarring. To read more about it, visit our before surgery, after surgery and other on-site resources.
Curettage and Electrodesiccation
Curettage and electrodesiccation uses a scraping, ring-shaped tool called a curette to remove the tumor, then an electric needle to burn or cauterize the tissue. If you’re a regular skin cancer patient or have a tumor that is superficial, this method is expedient and convenient. It’s great on precancerous cells like actinic keratoses (AKs) and smaller, less advanced BCCs and SCCs. It is cheaper than surgery and doesn’t require stitches. However, it carries a higher risk for scarring than the Mohs procedure. Because curettage and electrodesiccation does not entail repeated on-site lab testing until cancer is completely removed, this method has a higher recurrence rate than Mohs (and excision). It is still a good choice, especially if the cancer is detected early and is not in a place that is cosmetically valuable, such as the face. To minimize scarring, Dr. Popovsky will give you medication or an aftercare plan to control it. DSC also offers cosmetic procedures that can address scarring, such as microneedling.
Good for BCCs, SCCs and melanomas, excisional surgery uses a scalpel or small knife to physically remove or excise the tumor, along with some skin around it for safety’s sake. After removing the tumor, the area is stitched for wound healing. Because the doctor sends a skin sample to the lab to verify all cancer is removed, excision enjoys a lower recurrence rate than curettage. If the lab comes back positive for cancer cells, the process may be repeated. Excisional surgery is great for early-stage tumors. Since it works on cancers that have not metastasized and are still quite small, this method often works well the first time. Plus, it has a better cosmetic outcome compared to curettage.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy is a FDA-approved technique to treat AKs and BCCs with a 70% to 90% success rate for superficial BCCs. PDT uses a light-sensitizing agent to target lesions. The procedure takes an hour or more for lesions to absorb the light, which is followed by the doctor using a strong blue or red light to activate these areas and thus destroy them, keeping surrounding healthy tissue intact. The side effects are redness, pain, peeling, swelling and flaking, and the procedure requires strict avoidance of sun for a short time (~2 days) after.
Perhaps the best skin cancer treatment Medina to avoid scarring, topical therapy is an effective yet more patient way to address skin cancer. Skin undergoes treatment over a 6-12 week period. Medication such as imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara) can trigger the immune system to create interferon, a chemical that destroys cancerous and precancerous cells. Applied 2-5 times per week, imiquimod can treat precancer like AKs and superficial BCCs (80% to 90% success). The side effects include flaking, swelling, redness, itching and sometimes diarrhea, headaches and sinus infections. Like imiquimod, 5-fluorouracil (Carac, Efudex, Fluoroplex) is a cream with 80% to 90% success on superficial BCCs and off-label use on superficial SCCs. It requires more frequent administration (sometimes 2 times daily), but it’s a convenient topical chemotherapy. Whatever medication we prescribe, we’ll help you manage its side effects to ease your recovery.
Experts on Skin Cancer.
We want your skin cancer recovery to go smoothly and we understand that you may have a preference for one skin cancer treatment Medina over another. We cannot guarantee we can accommodate that preference. Depending on the severity of your situation, some treatments may be more effective than others. In any case, our policy is to limit unnecessary scarring and keep you feeling beautiful and safe in your own skin. Having skin cancer is incredibly stressful for some people, while others may accept it as a process they can overcome. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed or confident in your ability to eliminate skin cancer, we will be there for you.
Skin cancer recurrence is quite common, with skin cancer sometimes appearing in the same site and other times far from its original location years after treatment. The fact is, skin with cancer has already experienced irreversible sun damage. DSC can be your ally in your fight against skin cancer. We make skin cancer treatment Medina a breeze. Please contact Dr. Popovsky or our office for further information or to set up a skin cancer treatment. We may or may not need to consult, especially as we want to swiftly address the cancer and avoid delays in treatment.