Skin Cancer Surgery
The human body’s largest organ, the skin keeps us safe from the elements, infection and more. It is composed of layers, the main one being the epidermis, which is the outer layer, and the dermis, which is the lower layer. Skin begins in cells located in the epidermis, including squamous cells, basal cells and melanocytes. Skin cancer most often grows in areas of the skin that receive the most sun exposure. Today, skin cancer is so prevalent that about one in five people are likely to get nonmelanoma skin cancer throughout lifetime.
There are many different treatments for skin cancer, one of which is surgery. If your doctor recommends surgery, there are several different surgical techniques that they can use based on criteria, such as where the cancer is located and how large it is. Sometimes surgery alone is an adequate treatment, but if there is a risk of the cancer spreading, treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation may be used in combination with surgery. There are several common surgical techniques used to treat skin cancers. In many cases, these procedures can be performed in a doctor’s office or clinic using only a local anesthetic. The most common methods include:
Excision: This straightforward procedure involves numbing the surrounding skin with a local anesthetic, cutting the tumor and some surrounding skin out and, then, stitching the remaining skin back together. This procedure leaves a scar where the tumor was removed.
Other surgeries related to skin cancers include lymph node surgery, which is done if the doctor is concerned that nodes nearby are enlarged. If a large basal or squamous cell cancer is removed, a skin graft may be performed, during which the surgeon takes skin from elsewhere on the body and grafts it over the wound to help the area look better when it heals.
Conditions related to skin cancer surgery can include:
- Skin cancer
- Basel cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Merkel cell carcinoma
- Sebaceous gland carcinoma
- Actinic keratosis
- Kaposi sarcoma
At Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology, we treat the entire spectrum of cancers and cancer related disorders. Our experienced team of caring health professionals offer advanced surgical treatment options. Dealing with cancer can be difficult, but at Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology, we are here for you every step of the way.