What is a skin cancer resection?

Learning that you have a diagnosis of skin cancer is a scary moment in a patient’s life. However, skin cancer is a very visible form of cancer that can be treated easily if caught in the earliest of stages. The type of treatment for the cancer will vary greatly depending on the type, stage, and location. In most cases, some sort of skin cancer resection, or excision, may be recommended by the team of Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Show Low, AZ.

When Might Skin Cancer Resection Be Recommended?

At Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we help patients determine their needs after performing a routine evaluation. Determining the type of skin cancer is the first step in deciding what treatment is best. Cancers such as the following may be removed using skin cancer resection:

  • Melanoma
  • Low-risk basal cell carcinomas
  • Low-risk squamous cell carcinomas
  • High-risk basal cell carcinomas
  • High-risk squamous cell carcinomas

What Are The Risks Associated With Skin Cancer Resection?

The removal of skin cancer is highly recommended for many of our patients in lieu of undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. These treatments are more common for patients with extensive skin cancer that may be recurring or has spread elsewhere in the body. Resection does have some side effects and complications that can occur, as with any surgical procedure. Some complications include

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Incision reopening

What Are The Benefits Of Removing Skin Cancer?

The primary benefit of removing skin cancer through skin cancer resection is the total removal of the cancerous cells. It is a more direct approach than alternatives such as radiation and chemotherapy. Though it can leave behind scarring, it can give patients peace of mind knowing they have effectively removed the problem skin. Other treatments require more time and energy to treat the cancer, though they have comparable cure rates when considered along with surgical excision.

Request An Appointment With Our Team Today

Show Low, AZ patients who are worried about skin cancer resection can work with our associates to find out the best solution for their unique needs. We encourage new and current patients to call our office at (928) 537-6767 and discuss their situation. Our experienced staff can make a recommendation based on the patient’s current situation.

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