Skin Cancer Management
Skin cancers are treated in different ways. Treatment depends on:
The type, size and location of the cancer
Your general health
Any medicines you are taking (these can affect the amount of bleeding and the healing time).
A biopsy may be performed to obtain information about the skin lesion in question. A biopsy is where a small sample of skin tissue is taken from your skin under a local anaesthetic.
Treatment options for managing your skin cancer will be presented by your doctor who will guide you on the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
Surgery is the most common approach to treating skin cancers. Your doctor will inject a local anaesthetic and cut out the skin cancer and some normal nearby tissue (this is called a margin). The skin cancer will then be sent to a Pathologist who will check to ensure that the skin cancer has been completely removed. It can take about one to two weeks post the surgery to receive these results. If there are any cells found at the margins, further treatment may be necessary.
Some sunspots (actinic keatoses) may need treatment if they are causing symptoms or to prevent them becoming cancers. These can usually be treated with cryotherapy (freezing), topical treatments (creams such as Efudix) or occasionally electrosurgical methods.
Source: Cancer Council
This website is intended to provide you with general information only. This information is not a substitute for advice from your doctor and does not contain all facts about procedures or conditions. It is important that you consult with your doctor about your personal situation.