We go above and beyond to ensure your skin health needs are met with expert diagnosis and treatment. Most skin cancers can be completely cured if detected early.

Skin cancer diagnosis is performed by our qualified and experienced Skin Cancer Doctors using the latest diagnostic tools including dermoscopy and total body photography (in select centres).

In most cases, your doctor will take a biopsy of a suspicious lesion during your skin cancer check. This tissue sample is sent to a pathology laboratory for diagnosis, which may take several days. Our team will notify you with the results of your biopsy and an appointment will be made for you to receive treatment if required. 

Your doctor will explain the recommended treatment, including preparations, aftercare, and what you can expect from the procedure. The majority of skin cancers can be treated in our purpose-built facilities.

There are three ways a biopsy can be performed

  1. For a punch biopsy, the doctor uses a small tool to extract a tube-shaped sample of skin and some underlying tissue.
  2. A shave biopsy involves using a tool to scrape a small sample of tissue from the surface of the skin.
  3. An excision biopsy refers to the complete removal of the suspicious spot and a margin of surrounding tissue, usually through the use of a scalpel blade.

Skin cancer treatment options

We strive to deliver prompt, efficient and effective skin cancer treatments that minimise scarring. The majority of skin cancers can be treated in our purpose-built facilities, and in rare cases we may refer you for treatment at a hospital.

  1. Surgery: The cancerous spot is excised using a scalpel blade after the area is numbed with a local anaesthetic. The doctor will remove a margin of surrounding tissue as well, to ensure the entire skin cancer has been successfully excised. The wound is sealed with sutures and dressed.
  2. Curettage: The doctor removes the skin cancer by scraping it with a sharp instrument and burning the tissue to eliminate cancer cell remnants. This is often used to treat superficial cancers confined to the top layer of skin.
  3. Cryotherapy: The doctor freezes the skin cancer with liquid nitrogen, killing the tumour cells.
  4. Topical treatments: This involves the application of creams that stimulate the immune system and promote your own body to destroy the cancer naturally.

If your skin cancer is at an advanced stage or has spread to other organs, we will assist you with onward referral to undergo radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Don’t worry – if detected early, this is a highly unlikely outcome.

Which skin cancer treatment is right for you?

Your doctor will discuss the appropriate skin cancer treatment according to your diagnosis. The treatment you receive will depend on multiple factors:

  • The type of skin cancer: For example, melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, or squamous cell carcinoma. Some cancers are more dangerous than others and all must be treated with appropriate techniques.
  • The size: Some cancers can spread out across a larger area of skin, or may have penetrated deeper into underlying tissues.
  • The location: A skin cancer on your arm will require different treatment to a cancer on a body part, which is more sensitive.
  • Whether it has spread to other parts of your body: Sometimes, skin cancers can spread to other body organs, requiring a combination of different treatment methods.

Benefits

Earliest skin cancer diagnosis

Subspecialist expertise working in combination with the latest diagnostic technology including dermoscopy, for the earliest and most accurate skin cancer diagnosis - improving outcomes for you.

Immediate care for your skin cancer concerns

When detected early, most skin cancers can be completely cured with a one-time treatment, avoiding complex and costly procedures in the future.

Less scars

Minimise scarring and disfigurement with non-surgical treatment options and early-intervention surgical procedures performed by experienced Skin Cancer Doctors.

Dedicated operating theatres and aftercare

Benefit from the latest technology and tools in skin cancer detection and treatment, including purpose-built operating theatres and dedicated nursing support for your post-treatment aftercare.

Skin Cancer Treatments Benefits

Frequently asked questions

Can I choose my skin cancer treatment?
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Your doctor will recommend a skin cancer treatment based on the type of skin cancer you have, its stage, and its location on your body. Different skin cancer treatments are suitable for different circumstances.

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Why are skin cancer procedures not performed at the same time as skin checks?
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Skin checks and procedures are not performed at the same time to minimise the risk of infection and help reduce your waiting time.

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How long is the recovery time after skin cancer treatment?
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Post-treatment recovery time varies depending on the type of skin cancer, the area of the body, and the complexity of the procedure. Your doctor will give you appropriate advice before your skin cancer treatment so you will be prepared.

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Will I need chemotherapy or radiotherapy to treat skin cancer?
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If your skin cancer is at an advanced stage or has spread to other organs, we will assist you with onward referral to undergo radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Don’t worry – if detected early, this is a highly unlikely outcome.

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Will I need a follow-up appointment after my skin cancer treatment?
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Our doctors are supported by a dedicated team of nursing staff to help manage your post-treatment aftercare. You may need to see us for a follow-up appointment to dress your wounds, remove stitches, or check on the progress or efficacy of your skin cancer treatment. 

If you have been treated for skin cancer, you may be at high risk of the disease and your doctor may recommend more regular follow-up skin cancer checks.

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