SKIN CANCER PATIENT INFORMATION
OZ Skin Cancer Clinic is an advocate for the wider awareness of skin cancer in the community. We encourage our patients to be familiar with skin cancer prevention, how to best self-examine for main types of skin cancer in between visits and be aware of the most common treatment methods.
For more specific information about your upcoming skin health check, you may like to also visit our FAQs or Contact Us prior to your visit.
- SKIN CANCER TREATMENT
- SKIN CANCER PREVENTION
- WHY CHOOSE A SKIN CANCER CLINIC?
- TYPES OF SKIN CANCER
- SUN PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN
SKIN CANCER TREATMENT
If a skin cancer is detected, removal is the only way to ensure it will not spread to the surrounding tissue or other organs. Treatment can take a few main forms including:
The skin cancer is frozen off using liquid nitrogen applied using a hand-held gun. This is a simple and non-invasive method. It stings a little on application and then a small welt appears which scabs over and heals, usually within a week.
Topical creams, e.g. Imiquimod (Aldara), Flourouracil (Efudix)
This is a cream used to destroy cancer cells, applied by the patient themselves over a number of weeks. It is only effective on some types of cancers.
Used in the case of superficial surface based skin cancers, the cancer is scraped off the skin. It avoids sutures and leaves a white scar. Surgical excision The most common form of removal is surgical excision. The skin cancer and a surrounding area is removed under a local anaesthetic and closed using sutures. Depending on the size of the excision a flap or skin graft may be required.
Mohs’ Micrographic Surgery
Mainly used in complex cases, this treatment is highly specialised. The skin is scraped successively and analysed under a microscope until all of the cancer has been removed. This intends to conserve as much normal skin as possible and is commonly used for sensitive areas of body.
For the elderly or those in poor health and unable to undergo surgery, an x-ray treatment may be applied. X-rays are directed at the cancer over a series of repeated treatments to neutralise the skin cancer cells. This may also be applied on areas of the body where it is difficult to make an excision.
WHY CHOOSE A SKIN CANCER CLINIC?
Skin Cancer Clinics provide the community with a dedicated facility of expert physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, removing the common waiting times involved in seeing a Dermatologist.