About Skin Cancer Treatment
Few things in life send a person scrambling for answers like a cancer diagnosis. Finding out that you have skin cancer will immediately make you wonder about the different treatment options that are available to you, and which one may be the most appropriate for your particular type of skin cancer.
Most cases of skin cancer are detected and addressed effectively before they have the opportunity to spread to other parts of the body. Once skin cancer has spread to other parts of the body; however, which is often the case with melanoma, the treatment options become much more limited.
For localized cases of squamous cell carcinomas or basal cell carcinomas, standard treatments include surgically removing small tumors with a scalpel, scraping away the rest, and then finishing the area either by cauterizing it or by applying liquid nitrogen or radiation.
Small carcinomas may also respond to the daily application of an ointment that contains a chemotherapeutic ingredient to the surface of the tumor for several weeks. Larger tumors will need to be removed surgically. This is the case with melanoma tumors which need to be addressed quickly before they have the opportunity to spread to other organs. During such a procedure the surgeon will fully cut out the tumor as well as a portion of the surrounding tissue just to make sure that it is all gone.
Chemotherapy and radiation may also be used, particularly in situations in which the cancer is suspected to have spread to other parts of the body.
A much newer skin cancer treatment option is immunotherapy. This treatment involves making modifications to the body’s immune system. Essentially through this treatment the body is taught to be immune to that particular type of skin cancer.
It is critical to remember that the only real way to hold skin care at bay is through knowledge and through making sure that the doctor knows when something is going on. This page provides general information about skin cancer treatment options.
If you have questions about skin cancer treatment options contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist.