Many patients are very concerned when they receive a diagnosis of skin cancer, which they should be. Any type of cancer should not be taken lightly, and when patients have received a diagnosis, they need to work with a dermatological professional in the area whom they trust to help guide them through the process of effective treatment and prevention.
Dr. Kenneth Neal of Stafford reviews with his patients the many ways in which skin cancer can be addressed. The primary treatment options for patients diagnosed with skin cancer include:
- Simple excision
- Mohs micrographic surgery
For most, excision is the best option, as skin cancer is visible on the skin and can be easily removed. However, some forms of cancer are more aggressive, easily spread, or may reoccur in the same area. When patients are dealing with skin cancer of this type, they may benefit more from Mohs micrographic surgery performed by Dr. Kenneth Neal of Washington Dermatology Consultants. Dr. Kenneth Neal reviews with his patients the cost, expectations, and healing process associated with Mohs micrographic surgery, and will determine if patients are appropriate candidates.
Mohs micrographic surgery works a little differently than simple excision. This procedure is done in a surgical room. Patients are locally anesthetized for comfort. The skin in the area is removed in thin layers, with each layer being examined under a microscope to check for cancerous skin cells. The procedure continued in depth until no more cancerous skin cells are shown. At this point, patients are sutured up and the procedure is complete. The success rate of Mohs micrographic surgery is extremely high, and patients will find that most skin cancers will be cured through this one simple procedure.
Patients who are interested in learning more about Mohs micrographic surgery and other methods of addressing the different types of skin cancer are welcome to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Neal of Washington Dermatology Consultants to discuss the possibilities available for treating their skin cancer. A proper diagnosis is necessary to begin, and then patients are examined to determine candidacy for specific treatment options.