SKIN CANCER TREATMENT NYC
SKIN CANCER REMOVAL
Skin cancer treatment in NYC can address a variety of different skin cancers using numerous surgical and non-invasive techniques. Most forms of skin cancer are preventable and treatable if caught early enough. It is extremely important to have yearly skin cancer screenings to determine if you have the initial signs of skin cancer. Our skin cancer doctors offer excisions and Mohs surgery and can recommend further treatment options if necessary.
IS SKIN CANCER TREATABLE?
Most skin cancers are detected early and skin cancer treatments can be performed before the cancer spreads. Skin cancer screenings can help detect many different cancers, including Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. It’s extremely important to have yearly skin cancer screenings to look for any irregular moles or markings on your body. If your dermatologist finds an abnormal mole, a biopsy will be performed and then the tissue will be sent to a lab for the pathologist to test to determine if the cells are benign or cancerous. If they are benign, then no treatment will be required. If the cells are cancerous, your dermatologist will discuss your skin cancer treatment options for the most effective result.
WHAT ARE MY SKIN CANCER TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Skin cancer treatments in NYC include excisions, Mohs surgery, and various non-surgical options. Standard treatments are available for localized basal cell and squamous cell cancers which are safe and effective. These small tumors can be surgically excised with a curette and cauterized. In some cases, these tumors can be frozen with liquid nitrogen or treated with low-dose radiation. There are also ointments available that contain a chemotherapeutic agent or an immune response modifier. Larger localized tumors are removed surgically.*
AM I CURED IF I’VE ALREADY HAD SKIN CANCER?
People who have previously had skin cancer are at risk of reoccurrence. Anyone who has had skin cancer in the past should have frequent skin cancer screenings. About 20% of skin cancer patients experience a recurrence (usually within the first two years) that will require skin cancer treatment.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIOPSIES FOR SKIN CANCER?
The most commonly performed biopsy is called a shave biopsy. This works very well on raised lesions, as it removes the epidural layer of the skin and goes deeper into the dermis. A punch biopsy removes a section of skin based upon the size of the area to be biopsied. The punch biopsy goes deeper into the dermis than a shave biopsy. There are also incisional and excisional biopsies which remove the lesion with a knife. The complexity of the excision depends on the tumor size and location. Typically, the doctor will remove the tumor, plus a bit of extra tissue surrounding the tumor. The healthy tissue that is removed is done as a precaution to remove any cancer cells that might have spread into the surrounding tissue.
DOES A BIOPSY HURT?
Your skin cancer doctor will numb the area with lidocaine before your biopsy to minimize any pain. You may feel slight discomfort after the procedure, but this should subside quickly.
WHAT IF THE BIOPSY TESTS POSITIVE FOR CANCER?
The pathologist checks the cancer cells under a microscope to see if they extend positive to the edges of the sample. If the cancer cells do test positive, you will need additional testing to evaluate the lymph nodes. The good news is that when skin cancer is caught and treated early, it is curable, so regularly seeing a dermatologist for skin cancer screenings is a good idea.
ARE ALL SKIN CANCERS THE SAME?
There are three main categories of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It represents about 80% of all skin cancers. Squamous cell skin cancer is a scaly lesion with a red base that is related to exposure to the sun. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are considered “non-melanoma” skin cancers and they rarely spread. Melanoma is the least common form of skin cancer and the most serious form. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes. These melanocytes start to grow rapidly, resulting in a melanoma. Melanoma is a mole that increases in size, has irregular edges, changes in color, and causes itchiness. Melanoma is typically removed surgically. People with fair skin are more affected than individuals with darker skin tones. There is a high cure rate if the cancer has not spread beyond the mole.*
HOW IS SKIN CANCER TREATED?
Treatment for skin cancer depends on the type of cancer, the stage, the size, and the location of the tumor. For basal cell and squamous carcinomas, surgery by excision or electrodesiccation and cautery of the cancer is often all that is required to completely remove the cancer. Mohs surgery is an additional and popular surgical procedure offered which reduces scarring from the removal of the cancerous lesion. Depending on the stage, additional treatments such as immunotherapy, targeted therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy may be needed. Our dermatologists will help work with you to determine the best course of action for your recovery.*
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT SKIN CANCER TREATMENT IN NYC?
Talk to one of our skin care doctors about of your treatment options. Our dermatologists can examine your skin and discuss your solutions. Give us a call at 646-661-6131 or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.