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Skin Cancer Treatment

Skin cancer is 100 percent curable if detected in early stage. Left unteated, it spreads and makes the condition worse. Treatment for skin cancer is determined based on following aspects:

  • Age of the patient
  • Health condition of the patient
  • Extent of the disease
  • Patient's tolerance for specific medicines or therapies.
  • There are several kinds of treatments for skin cancer, including the following:


    Surgery is a effective treatment for skin cancer used in most of the cases. Different types of surgeries are:

  • Electrodesiccation and Curettage – Surgical "burning-out" of the affected area and removing it with a sharp instrument.
  • Cryosurgery – killing the cancer cells by freezing the tumor using liquid nitrogen/helium.
  • Skin Grafting - using a skin graft to replace skin that is damaged when cancer is removed.
  • Laser Therapy - using a narrow beam of light to remove cancer cells.
  • Micrographic Surgery - Removing the lesion and minimum tissue as possible. In this surgery doctors use microscope to look at the cancerous area for cancer cells and removes them.
  • Radiation Therapy

    In Radiation therapy, the radiation machine uses x-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.


    Chemotherapy is a treatment with chemical drugs designed to kill cancer cells. In topical chemotherapy, a cream or lotion is applied to the skin to kill cancer cells. In systemic chemotherapy, a pill is taken or a drug is injected into a vein or muscle.


    Electrochemotherapy is combination of chemotherapy and electrical pulses to treat skin cancer.

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