Our Services

Skin Cancer Management

Including skin cancer surgery

Advanced Skin Cancer Management at The Woods Medical Centre & Skin Cancer Clinic

GPs offering this service:

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).

We remove a small sample of skin tissue while you are under a local anaesthetic.

We may perform a biopsy to get information about the skin lesion in question.

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.

Skin cancer biopsy

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Skin cancer treatment options

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).

 

We send the sample to a Pathologist who checks to ensure that we have removed the skin cancer completely. It can take 1-2 weeks post surgery to receive results. If there are any cells found at the margins, further treatment may be necessary.

Preventative measures to combat skin cancer

Some sunspots (actinic keratoses) may need treatment if they are causing symptoms or to prevent them becoming cancers. These can be treated with cryotherapy (freezing), topical treatments (creams such as Efudix) or occasionally electrosurgical methods.

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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.

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