Not all treatments for skin cancer are equal. Some of the most common treatments for skin cancer are scraping and burning, freezing, radiation, and routine excision. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a process, performed in the office, that will remove all the cancer, minimize the risk of recurrence, and leave as little scarring as possible.
While Mohs Micrographic Surgery offers the highest potential cure rate (99%) for skin cancer, it is not appropriate in all cases. The types of situations most likely to warrant Mohs Micrographic Surgery include the following:
- Areas that are cosmetically sensitive or functionally critical such as around the eyes, nose, lips, scalp, fingers, or toes
- Cancers that are large, aggressive, or growing rapidly
- Cancers which were removed and have grown back (recurrent)
- Lesions with ill-defined edges
- Basal cell and Squamous cell carcinomas
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is performed in our office with Dr. Vanderveen serving as both surgeon and pathologist. To see the steps involved with this state of the art treatment, click here.