According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. It is reported that one in every five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. We know how scary a diagnosis like this can be, which is why we have an expert skin cancer surgeon to provide the highest quality care.
Dr. Barrows is a board-certified dermatologist that specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment. He is an expert in performing Mohs micrographic surgery to remove cancerous lesions from the skin. Some common treatments we offer in any of our offices include Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Superficial Radiation Therapy, excisions, cryosurgery and more. Read more about Mohs Micrographic Surgery and a few other skin cancer treatments we offer down below.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is most common for treating basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Patients can expect to be awake during the procedure, however a local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the cancer is present on the skin. Because of this, the patient will not feel any pain but may experience some mild discomfort.
The process is very detailed and requires a highly trained skin cancer surgeon cutting a thin top layer of skin where the cancer is located. To determine if any more cancer remains, the skin will then be frozen and examined under a microscope.
Superficial Radiation Therapy
As an alternative to surgery, this treatment option for skin cancer involves your provider delivering a dose of radiation to the cancerous area that goes no deeper than the skin. SRT is a popular form of treatment as it is quick, painless, and highly effective.
This non-surgical form of treatment is great for patients looking for a noninvasive form of treatment, or for those who are otherwise advised by a skin cancer surgeon to avoid surgical procedures.
Other Treatment Options
Along with Mohs surgery and SRT, we offer other skin cancer treatments including cryosurgery, excisions, electrodesiccation, and topical chemotherapy. Depending on your diagnosis, your provider will offer the best treatment option for you. The treatment process will always be explained so you understand exactly how you will be treated.