Some skin cancers are clinically obvious, but others may be more inconclusive, so when needed, skin biopsies (including shave biopsies, punch biopsies, and excisional biopsies) will be performed to provide further information from pathology analysis. These procedures can often be performed at the time of your initial clinic appointment.
Moles that are suspicious for melanoma as well as moles which need to be removed for other reasons can be removed surgically. This procedure is typically performed at the clinic, but due to space and time constraints, may be scheduled for a future date.
All skin biopsies and specimens that are performed and sent out will be evaluated by a qualified dermatopathologist – a pathologist who specializes in diagnosing disorders of the skin.
Skin Cancer Surgery/Treatment
Skin cancers can be removed surgically in the office as our doctors specialise in all techniques for removing skin cancer, including standard surgical excision, electro-dissication and curettage. When appropriate, non-surgical treatments of skin cancer will also be discussed with you, including radiation, cryotherapy, and topical chemotherapy.
After a skin cancer is removed, our staff are well trained to repair the resulting wound. This may include reconstructive surgery when necessary.
Scar revision can also be performed at our clinics to enhance the appearance of a scar resulting from surgery.
Cryotherapy with Liquid Nitrogen
Cryotherapy or “freezing” with liquid nitrogen is an effective way to treat several skin conditions, including Actinic Keratoses which are commonly known as “pre-skin cancers”.
Modern technology is producing several new methods of dealing with skin cancer. Nonsurgical treatments can include topical chemotherapy or immunotherapy. These options are only appropriate for certain tumor subtypes, but can be an excellent treatment option when indicated.