When you have had a biopsy and the result is a skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), or Melanoma (connect to descriptions otherwise discussed). Dr. Steele will discuss the treatment options with you. If the lesion is invasive (not superficial) then surgery is usually the only legitimate option to make sure that all traces of the lesion are removed. A skin cancer surgery (or that for an atypical/dysplastic mole) is not very much different than a biopsy in preparation, however, you do usually have stitches at the conclusion of the procedure. The lesion is first identified, cleaned and numbed then the lesion is excised with a “safety” margin around the area to make sure the whole lesion is removed. You will have deep stitches that dissolve and some on top which may or may not dissolve depending on the location and your lifestyle. You will be given detailed wound care instructions and asked to follow up to make sure your site is healing well. Your lesion will be sent back to the lab to make sure there is no trace of the original lesion remaining.In some cases, your skin cancer would be better treated by a specialist that performs Mohs surgery. This is usually for skin cancers on the face or scalp, particularly large or aggressive lesions, or those that have been previously treated and recurred.
In any case, Dr. Steele will choose, with you, the most appropriate treatment regimen. In some superficial cancers, this may even include a topical chemotherapy type of cream which spares patients a procedure and usually leads to an excellent cosmetic result.