Treating Skin Cancer

Treatment for skin cancer will depend on a number of factors:

  • Type of skin cancer
  • Size
  • Location of the skin cancer
  • Whether the skin cancer has spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body.

Treatment options can include:

Excision

Surgical removal of the tumour and surrounding tissue.

Curettage

Scraping and burning.

Cryotherapy

Freezing with liquid nitrogen.

Radiotherapy

Using high energy rays such as X-rays to destroy cancer cells within a specific area.

MOHS

Highly specialised surgery where the cancer (generally non melanoma skin cancer only) is removed little by little and checked under the microscope immediately.

Photodynamic Therapy

Using a light source and special cream to destroy cancer cells.

Imiquimod

A cream that destroys skin cancer by stimulating the body’s immune system to fight the cancer. Imiquimod is in a class of medications called immune response modifiers.

Chemotherapy

Treatment with drugs, either pills or injections. It may be used to treat melanoma that has spread to other parts of the body.

 

After treatment you may need regular check-ups with your GP or specialist for early detection of any new skin cancers. If you notice any spots you are worried about between follow-up appointments, it’s important to speak with your GP or specialist as soon as possible.

It is very important to protect your skin. Wear SPF30+ sunscreen (at least) with UVA and UVB filters, hat and appropriate clothing when in the sun.

 

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