Treatment for Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers
The treatment approach for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers will depend on the severity of cancer. Tumors that have not spread to other areas of the body can be treated with topical chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy (chemo) is a cancer treatment that uses potent drugs to kill cancer cells or stop them from dividing. Topical chemotherapy involves the application of medication in the form of a cream or ointment to the skin.
Cryosurgery (freezing) is an effective treatment for small basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and kill cancer cells.
Deep tumors are removed from the skin using excisional surgery. This involves cutting out the cancerous tissue along with some surrounding healthy skin.
Treatment for Melanoma
If you have been diagnosed with melanoma, you will need to have the tumor removed. Surgical removal or excision is the most common treatment for melanoma.
Radiation therapy is also effective for skin cancer. This approach uses high doses of radiation energy to fight cancer cells.
Treatment for skin cancer isn’t the same for everyone. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, the treatment approach we recommend will depend on the type, size, and depth of the skin cancer you have.
Our oncologists will take the time to carefully review the various skin cancer treatment options with you and recommend the most effective treatment based on the above factors.