Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cancer Skin Treatment

Treatment for skin cancer depends on the type of skin cancer. Skin cancers that are prone to spread, such as melanoma, require much more aggressive therapy. Treatment also varies with the size, depth, and location of the cancer. Skin cancer is almost always treated with surgical removal of the skin cancer. Depending on the type of skin cancer, chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also play a role in treatment.

Treatment for skin cancer may include:

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Cancer Skin Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of skin cancer.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk of complications?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Cancer Skin Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat skin cancer:

Cancer Skin Surgery

Surgery for skin cancer may include:

  • Surgical excision for skin cancer:
    • The cancer is surgically removed from the skin
  • Curettage for skin cancer:
    • The cancer is scraped from the skin surface
  • Electro dissection for skin cancer:
    • Electricity is used to remove layers of the cancer over time
  • Cryosurgery for skin cancer:
  • Laser surgery for skin cancer:

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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