Melanoma and other skin cancers
A large segment of the population is at increased risk for Melanoma and skin cancer. In the U.S. alone, every year, more than 5 million people seek treatment for skin cancer. Although this sounds disheartening, the reality is that patients with skin cancer have several treatment options that carry extremely high cure rates. Your dermatologist determines the most appropriate treatment based upon several factors such as:
- Patient age
- Health condition
- Medication regimen
- Skin type
Your dermatologist will perform a comprehensive skin and health evaluation, collecting many details before determining which treatment is best for your situation. The location of the skin cancer will also be a considerable factor for determining which option to choose. For example, a cancerous spot on a prominent part of your face may require a different approach than a spot on your back or hip.
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
Depending upon several factors, your dermatologist will most likely recommend one of three types of treatments for your skin cancer.
- Surgical excision
- Mohs surgery
- Radiation treatments
All three procedures are highly effective, with radiation therapy serving as a non-surgical option for patients who are not good candidates for surgery. The type of treatment a patient receives depends on how deeply the melanoma has grown into the skin, if the melanoma has spread to other parts of the body, and a patient’s health.
Surgical excision consists of surgically removing the cancerous area and the skin around it. This is most common of the three procedures and usually takes place in the dermatologist’s office. The doctor will send the tissue to a lab to ensure complete removal of all the cancerous cells.
Mohs surgery is a little more involved. Specially trained dermatologists will remove the skin cancer cells layer by layer. During the procedure, they take special care to ensure removal of cancer cells by examining the skin under a microscope. Once they remove all affected tissue, the surgery is complete.
This is the preferable procedure for areas, such as the nose, allowing the dermatologist to take off just enough tissue to get the skin cancer.
When the condition or health of a patient is inappropriate for surgery, the remaining option is radiation therapy. This superficial radiation therapy involves the use of x-rays and requires multiple visits. There is no wound and no pain because there is no removal of tissue. This is the preferred treatment for patients on blood thinners, or who has cancer in a place where they want to avoid scarring.
Charlotte dermatologist for skin cancer treatment
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide safe and caring treatment in a professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a complementary consultation to determine your specific needs.