Skin Cancer Treatment Options
Find out the best options for treating your skin cancer.
Millions of Americans each year will find out that they have skin cancer. Regardless of whether our northeast Philadelphia dermatologist Dr. Deirdre Wood has found melanoma or basal cell carcinoma, you will require immediate treatment to remove the cancerous lesion. Of course, the type of treatment that is right for you will depend on several factors including,
- The type of skin cancer
- The stage of the skin cancer
- The location of the lesion
- Your current health status
As you might imagine, our Philadelphia skin doctor offers different treatment options to tackle everything from basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma to actinic keratosis and melanoma. The most standard skin cancer treatments include,
Surgery: This includes a traditional excision, in which the tumor is cut out of the skin, and Mohs surgery, which involves removing the tumor in thin layers to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible. Mohs is a great treatment option for those who have a cancerous lesion located on a very delicate or sensitive area of the body. In some cases, cryotherapy can also be used to freeze and destroy the cancer cells.
Radiation: During radiation therapy x-rays and other forms of radiation are directed over the skin cancer to kill the cells and to prevent them from multiplying. There are two types of radiation: External and internal. With external radiation a machine sends radiation through the body, while with internal radiation a catheter or needle will be placed near the cancer to deliver radiation.
Chemotherapy: This is another common type of cancer treatment that stops the development of cancer cells through the use of powerful medication. When most people think of chemotherapy they think of medication being administered through an IV but when it comes to treating certain skin cancers, topical chemotherapy is the most common method.
Phototherapy: During phototherapy, a drug is administered into the skin. Then a special light is directed over the lesion, where it will activate the drug to seek out and destroy the cancer cells while leaving healthy tissue intact.
Immunotherapy: During this treatment, we put your immune system to work to help fight the cancer. We do this by creating a special substance that is designed to help bolster your body’s own defense mechanisms. Immunotherapy can be administered topically or through an injection.
If you are noticing any changes to the health of your skin, or if there is a suspicious growth that you want checked out, then it’s time to call Boulevard Dermatology in Philadelphia, PA, today. We would be happy to schedule your next skin cancer screening.