Skin Cancer Treatment in Granville, OH
At Midwest Dermatology, Our Team of Dermatologists and Friendly Staff Will Ensure That You Are Well Informed and Better Equipped to Make Decisions Regarding Your Health and Well-Being Throughout the Course of Your Skin Cancer Treatment in Granville, OH. Call Us at (740) 218-5088 to Book a Consultation.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. If caught early, it is also one of the most successfully treated cancers. The key to successful treatment is early detection. At Midwest Dermatology, we can screen you for a variety of skin cancers and treat them if we detect anything. Make an appointment for skin cancer treatment in Granville, OH today and allow our experts to carefully exam your skin for any areas of concern.
How is skin Cancer Diagnosed?
When you visit our clinic, our doctors have a variety of ways to screen and diagnose you for cancer.
Examine your skin – Our doctor will look for any unusual skin changes that are signs of skin cancer. Additional testing is often needed to confirm any suspicion of cancer.
Skin Biopsy – A biopsy is when a sample of the suspicious tissue is removed and sent to a lab for testing. Our doctor will remove a sample of suspicious skin and send it out to determine if it is cancerous and what type of cancer it could be.
Diagnose the extent of skin cancer – If skin cancer has been detected, additional testing is usually needed to see how far along or stage the cancer is in. Superficial skin cancer rarely spreads, and a biopsy that removes it to be tested usually removes it completely. Other cancers may require additional testing to determine its stage.
Because superficial skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma rarely spread, a biopsy that removes the entire growth often is the only test needed to determine the cancer stage. But if you have a large squamous cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma or melanoma, your doctor may recommend further tests to determine the extent of cancer. These could include imaging to examine different parts of your body or biopsy a nearby lymph node to look for additional signs of cancer.
What are the different stages of skin cancer?
Generally, doctors use Roman numerals I, II, III, and IV to determine the stage of cancer. Stage I cancer is usually limited to the area where it is found and the easiest to treat. Stage IV cancer indicates cancer has advanced to the point where it has spread to other parts of the body. Determining what stage cancer is in helps our doctors figure out what treatments are best.
How is skin cancer treated?
The size, type, depth, location, and stage of your skin cancer will determine your treatment options. Small tumors or lesions may be removed entirely in the biopsy procedure used to identify it. If additional treatment is needed, our doctors have several methods to choose from.
Freezing – Stage I cancer can be destroyed by freezing them with liquid nitrogen. The dead tissue will naturally fall off when it thaws.
Excisional Surgery – This is a ubiquitous treatment method used for many types of cancer. Our doctor will cut out the cancerous tissue out of your skin until only healthy skin remains.
Moh’s Surgery – This particular type of surgery is used for cancer that is hard to treat, in a difficult spot to treat, or is reoccurring. It’s used in areas where our doctors want to conserve as much skin as possible. During this surgery, our doctor will remove layer after layer of skin. Each layer is examined under a microscope until no cancer cells remain. Moh’s Surgery allows cancer to be removed without taking an excessive amount of healthy skin.
Curettage and electrodesiccation or cryotherapy – After our doctor removes a cancerous growth with a curet or circular blade, they use an electric needle to destroy any remaining cancer cells. Sometimes, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the edges and base of the treatment area to remove remaining cancer cells.
Radiation therapy – High powered energy beams are used to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy is often chosen as a treatment option when surgery can not completely remove cancer cells.
Chemotherapy – Anti-cancer creams and drugs are used to kill cancer cells on the skin.
Photodynamic therapy – This treatment uses drugs that make cancer cells sensitive to light and lasers to then destroy them.
Biological therapy – This therapy employs your body’s immune system to kill cancer cells.
How should I prepare for an appointment?
If you notice any changes in your skin that concern you, make an appointment with your family doctor for an examination. They may end up referring you to a specialist, like a dermatologist. To make your appointment as productive a possible, write down a list of any symptoms you are experiencing, including ones you might not even think could be related to your current ailment. Be sure to ask the doctor before your appointment if you need to do anything in advance, such as diet restrictions. You will also want to write down any recent life changes and current medications. Many people bring along a family member with them to help them process the information and help patients remember the information discussed. These steps will ensure that you are well prepared for your skin cancer treatment in Granville, OH.
Where are you located?
Midwest Dermatology Centre is located at 1959 Newark-Granville Road Granville, OH 43023. Our clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm. Do you have questions about skin cancer treatment in Granville, OH, or would you like to make an appointment? Call our friendly staff today at (740) 218-5088.
We look forward to serving you.