We go above and beyond to ensure your skin health needs are met with expert diagnosis and treatment. We strive to deliver prompt, efficient and effective treatments that minimise scarring. Most skin cancers can be completely cured if detected early.
The treatment you receive will depend on multiple factors:
- The type of 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.
Some skin cancers are removed with surgery. This involves excising the cancerous spot 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.
There are also non-surgical treatment options, which the doctor will consider if appropriate. These include:
- 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.
- Cryotherapy: The doctor freezes the skin cancer with liquid nitrogen, killing the tumour cells.
- 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.