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What procedures treat nonmelanoma skin cancer?

What procedures treat nonmelanoma skin cancer?

Depends: Depend on what type of cancer? Squamous cell, basal cell, skin lymphoma? Etc. Surgical resection if localized on the skin and if indicated. If it is already spreading to distant organ-then systemic therapy ( chemo or other biological agent) will be the option. In certain cancer on the skin -radiation therapy, uv therapy , topical chemotherapy , interferon etc-could be the treatment as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Mohs surgery is the best way to treat skin cancers. What qualifies a doctor to be a mohs surgeon?

Mohs surgery is the best way to treat skin cancers.  What qualifies a doctor to be a mohs surgeon?

ACMS members: It is important that you verify that your mohs surgeon is recognized as a fellowship-trained surgeon. Only members of the american college of mohs surgery (acms) are fellowship trained to perform mohs surgery. All members and fellows of the acms are listed on their website directory. The link to the acms website: http://www.Mohscollege.Org/. ...Read more

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Why should I see a plastic surgeon or mohs surgeon instead of derm doctor for skin cancer removal and repair?

Why should I see a plastic surgeon or mohs surgeon instead of derm doctor for skin cancer removal and repair?

Location: Skin cancers in difficult places(eyes, nose, ears) should always be removed by mohs surgery. It is the only procedure that will assure you have had your skin cancer removed completely. Mohs surgeons are excellent at repairing defects and if they are not confident in their skill they will let a plastic surgeon repair the defect. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine if it's eczema or basal cell skin cancer?

How do doctors determine if it's eczema or basal cell skin cancer?

Eczema and BCC: Eczema is an itchy scaling rash that goes together with dry skin. May be all over or in certain areas, but is usually symmetrical, i.e. Involves both sides of the body. Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is usually a pearly translucent pink papule or plaque with raised borders, however superficial bcc can be a flat scaly-looking patch sometimes not easy to differentiate from a patch of eczema. ...Read more

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Can dermatologist treat every kind of skin disease including skin cancer ?

Can dermatologist treat every kind of skin disease including skin cancer ?

Yes: Dermatology is the correct field if you are looking for a physician who treats all types of skin disease, especially skin cancers, which are very common. Some dermatologic manifestations may be an indicator of systemic disease or disease of an organ system that causes a skin problem, but your dermatologist will be able to recognize and clarify this for you. ...Read more

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Best procedure to treat metastatic carcinoma?

Best procedure to treat metastatic carcinoma?

Chemotherapy: Once a cancer has spread outside the organ of origin, systemic chemotherapy is the standard of care. In some cases this will be done in combination with radiation therapy. ...Read more

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How is skin cancer treated? How are cancerous moles treated?

How is skin cancer treated? How are cancerous moles treated?

Skin cancer: There are different techniques to remove skin cancer. The technique that has the highest cure rate and that spares the most normal tissue is called mohs micrographic surgery. This method allows the cancer to be traced out under the microscope by examining the entire periphery of the excised tumor. If any roots are seen the excision and microscopic checking continues until tumor free plane obtained. ...Read more

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How to treat gynecomastia with surgery? Which doctor examines gynecomastia cases?

How to treat gynecomastia with surgery? Which doctor examines gynecomastia cases?

Time for consultatn: About a half of males will undergo a transient nipple/breast enlargement at he onset of puberty. Normally it will resolve slowly as other hormonal changes kick in over about a year. Carrying around extra weight can aggravate the issue as fat can masquerade as breast tissue. If persistent after 2+ years i would consult with a cosmetic surgeon about tissue removal ; localized liposuction. ...Read more

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Mother diagnosed squamous skin cancer. Spot 6 inches up from her inner elbow. Best treatment? Have chemo creams ever caused this type to spread and or become resistant? Surgery best option?

Mother diagnosed squamous skin cancer. Spot 6 inches up from her inner elbow. Best treatment? Have chemo creams ever caused this type to spread and or become resistant? Surgery best option?

Surgery is best: Your mom should have surgical excision. . 6 inches up from the inner elbow is a good site for closure as the skin is usually loose there. Topical 5 FU and imiquimod can be unpredictable and are reserved for actinic keratosis and superficial basal cell carcinoma. Topical 5 FU and Imiquimod are not approved by the FDA for use on squamous cell carcinoma yet. Don't take unnecessary chances. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor (gp, dermatologitst etc) would be best suited to diagnose and treat aquagenic pruritis?

What kind of doctor (gp, dermatologitst etc) would be best suited to diagnose and treat aquagenic pruritis?

Dermatologist: Although either doctor may be qualified, a dermatologist generally has more experience dealing with physical urticarias in their daily practice. They can also conduct further testing for other allergies (patch testing and prick testing) to determine if you are allergic to any other physical stimuli or substances. ...Read more

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Dermatologist referred me to plastic surgeon for suspicious scalp lesion removal. Was that for cosmetic reasons or because they suspect melanoma?

Scalp Lesion: No way for me to know that based on sketchy information; be sure to ask the surgeon for the reason for the referral and discuss in depth. If the lesion is to be removed by the surgeon, the definitive diagnosis will be made by the consulting pathologist. No reason for undo alarm until you know more facts. Remember that even melanomas, caught in early stages, are highly curable. ...Read more

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Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Two types: Usually having a gynecological oncologist and a medical oncologist is best in managing ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see to diagnose and treat my basal cell carcinoma?

Which type of doctor should I see to diagnose and treat my basal cell carcinoma?

Your choice: A surgeon interested in this type of surgery, or a dermatologist who does this kind of thing, will be able to help you. Ask about your options. If it's someplace where you care about the cosmetic results, you can have special microsurgery. ...Read more

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Mohs micrographic surgery is the gold standard for treating skin cancers. What qualifies a doctor to

Mohs micrographic surgery is the gold standard for treating skin cancers. What qualifies a doctor to

Fellowship training : While all dermatologists receive training in their residency in mohs surgery, physicians who are certified by the american colleage of mohs surgery received an additional 1-2 years of post residenct training in which they specialized in this technique. During their fellowship, mohs surgeons perform on average 1000 skin cancer surgery and similar number of complex reconstruction. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on fluorouracil 5 and other treatments you can recommend for skin cancer on nose?

What is your opinion on fluorouracil 5 and other treatments you can recommend for skin cancer on nose?

Multiple options: Non-melanoma skin cancer is usually treated by surgery. Choice of other options, 5fu, (fluorouracil) radiation, etc. Usually is based on potential cosmetic result and feasibility of surgery. A very large lesion or one that recurs might not be able to be treated surgically. A lesion on the nose might be a problem re cosmetic result and then the other options are reasonable alternatives. ...Read more

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