When you go to your general practitioner or dermatologist and find out you have skin cancer, you may be equally shocked and concerned with what you are going to do to resolve the issue. Luckily, there are many different treatment options available to help you overcome your skin cancer. Get to know more about some of the treatments for your skin cancer so that you can get started working with your dermatologist and oncologist as soon as possible to rid your body of the cancer.
Skin Cancer Surgery
Surgery is one of the most commonly used treatment options for a person who is suffering from skin cancer. There are several different types of skin cancer. However, what they essentially all have in common is that they start out in small areas that occupy the superficial layers of skin.
Because of this, most doctors will opt to remove the mole, growth, or patch of skin that is cancerous. Several different methods can be used to accomplish this goal. The traditional method is to cut with a scalpel to remove the growth. However, there is a greater risk of scarring and difficulty closing the incision if the growth is not very small.
Cryosurgery is another option to remove skin cancer lesions. This skin cancer surgery involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze the cancer cells and remove them from the surface of the skin. Curettage is another surgical option in which skin cancer lesions are scraped off using a specialized tool.
Superficial Radiation Therapy
Some skin cancer legions are too large to remove surgically. And other patients are wary of surgery because they worry about the risk of scarring, discoloration, and the like. If this is the case, then superficial radiation therapy may be an effective alternative option to surgery.
Superficial radiation therapy is a treatment that involves using low-energy radiation that only penetrates into the outermost layers of the skin. This prevents the radiation from affecting other healthy cells beneath the surface of the skin. It also has little to no effect on the aesthetics of your skin.
Superficial radiation therapy is only a treatment option if your skin cancer has not spread into other areas of the body or deeper into the layers of the dermis (skin cells). More aggressive cancers call for equally aggressive treatments, while superficial radiation therapy is a more conservative treatment option.
Now that you know more about a few of the treatment options for treating your skin cancer, you can talk to your doctors and get the process started as soon as possible.
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