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Doctor insights on: Which Dr Is Best At Handling Basal Cell Carcinoma A Dermatologist Or Plastic Surgeon

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Dermatologist said I have basal cell carcinoma on my face due to living in Florida. Can this same MD do a second opinion with a different pathologist?

Dermatologist said I have basal cell carcinoma on my face due to living in Florida. Can this same MD do a second opinion with a different pathologist?

Yes: You can request that the specimen be seen by another physician in the same group that was originally sent or to another group. The diagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma is a very common one and difficult to misdiagnose. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Who are the best doctors for removing basal cell carcinoma cancer in silicon valley, ca.?

Many +++ choices: There are many outstanding physicians and surgeons in the silicon valley but the choice of surgeon and specialty will vary according to location, size, histology and history of the specific tumor. ...Read more

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What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?

What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?

Excision: I see moms surgery in your hx that is an excellent procedure, its important to clear the BC and have the tissue around the BC clear. The wide excision is best topical may not remove all the tissue. ...Read more

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Does a family history of cancer affect my recovery from basal cell carcinoma? I just found out today that I have a basal cell carcinoma on my lower leg. The doctor is referring me to a plastic surgeon to get it treated. I have a huge history of cancer in

Does a family history of cancer affect my recovery from basal cell carcinoma? I just found out today that I have a basal cell carcinoma on my lower leg. The doctor is referring me to a plastic surgeon to get it treated. I have a huge history of cancer in

Probably: Probably not. The most common cause of basal cell carcinoma of the skin is sun exposure. The best thing you can do to prevent new skin cancers is to limit your sun exposure by wearing adequate sunblock when outside (spf 30 or above), wear a hat, cover sun exposed skin areas, and limit uv light exposure. Factors that can affect recovery time after surgery can include diabetes, smoking, peripheral vascular disease, and poor circulation. I would discuss any surgery related questions with your surgeon that will be performing the surgery. ...Read more

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Question about basal cell carcinoma. Do you get it only on the surfaces that get direct sunlight?

Question about basal cell carcinoma. Do you get it only on the surfaces that get direct sunlight?

No: Basal cell carcinoma is most common in areas of direct sunlight, but can occur on other areas of the body. Best,
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Got my basal cell carcinoma removed months ago and it has been stinging. Is that normal?

Got my basal cell carcinoma removed months ago and it has been stinging. Is that normal?

Basal Cell Cancer: Stinging may be part of normal healing but a follow-up visit with your doctor is recommended. ...Read more

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Fast growing bump on face, smooth and pink. Could this be basal cell carcinoma?

Fast growing bump on face, smooth and pink. Could this be basal cell carcinoma?

What is Basal cell.: Basal cell carcinomas (bcc) are the baby bears of skin cancer. Nevertheless, if neglected, they can kill. They can start out as a small pink or white dot or even a scaly red patch. As they grow, they may bleed and develop a central depression. Some people think it is a pimple. Take home message, if it grows, bleeds or doesn't heal in 4-6 weeks, see your doctor! ...Read more

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What does basal cell carcinoma feel like? My father has basal cell carcinoma and he constantly assures us that it doesn’t hurt. Does basal cell carcinoma cause any pain? .

Usually not painful: Usually no unless it ulcerates. It is a localized skin cancer (rarely spreads) and most times can be addressed fairly easily by a plastic surgeon with excision and local flap reconstruction. Take him to a specilaist so that it can be addressed while the lesion is small. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

Can you tell me how the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

Shed antigen: The status for most basal cell carcinomas are well defined, with the lesion remaining in the skin for long periods, first healing with scab that falls off and then rescabs. Such skin lesions do shed antigen into the skin where they are recognized by dendritic cells that help the immune system recognize and control growth. Efudex (fluorouracil) removes suppressor cells and lets effector cells control tumor. ...Read more

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Could basal cell carcinoma at an early age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Could basal cell carcinoma at an early age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Possibly yes: Unfortunately some basal cell cancers may not be directly related to sun exposure and I have seen this in certain individuals as young as 5 years old with a genetic disease that predisposes them to recurrent bcc. Having one bcc in isolation doses still place you at a higher risk for a second bcc. I would advise close follow up with a dermatologist for routine surveillance examinations. ...Read more

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Bumps on eyelid can lead to basal cell carcinoma? Is it serious?

Bumps on eyelid can lead to basal cell carcinoma? Is it serious?

If removed no: See your doctor, if it is, basal cell carcinomas locally invasive tumor, could be removed completely with cure by one of the accepted methods, as it is near the eyes surgical excision the best option other more common benign lesions like warts, cysts inflamed skin tags also possible. ...Read more

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Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Ability to travel: Basal cell carcinoma usually is limited to the site of disease. While it is possible for basal cell to metastasize it is very rare. In contrast melanoma travels through the lymphatic system and can form tumors in any location of the body. ...Read more

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When should I call my doctor if I have basal cell carcinoma excision last week?

When should I call my doctor if I have basal cell carcinoma excision last week?

One Week: Typically you'll want to follow up with your doctor one week after the cancer was removed. Your doctor should have results from the pathologist, and you'll be able to find out if any further surgery is needed. Plus, sutures could be removed after one week. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "malignant melanoma" and "basal cell carcinoma"?

What is the difference between "malignant melanoma" and "basal cell carcinoma"?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

Different origins: Skin cancers are named for the type of skin cell that they develop from. A basal cell is generally a less dangerous tumor unless it is near an opening such as the nose, eye or ear. The squamous cell is more serious, requires a more aggressive surgical removal, and will sometimes spread inside the body (metastasize). ...Read more

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I have a rough patch of skin in the inside of my knee that won't go away. Been there for around a month. Is it squamous or basal cell carcinoma?

I have a rough patch of skin in the inside of my knee that won't go away. Been there for around a month. Is it squamous or basal cell carcinoma?

Go see a doctor: You need to have a medical exam done by a physician. Without examination by your doctor we can not tell you what you are dealing with. It could be a skin infections as well (tinea?). ...Read more

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I had a basal cell carcinoma on my lip, but before I knew it was BCC I was constantly licking the site because it would bleed. Did I put myself at ris?

No problem: Basal cell Ca's unusual on lip inner mucosa. Probably arose on the outer skin surface, where for the most part remains localized. Only seen to show recurrence if when excision performed, not completely removed. Metastatic disease is almost unknown. No problem in delay of dx. I frequently treat area with Efudex (fluorouracil) cream, a form of 5FU which can cure such lesions. ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. How bad is this?

Don't neglect it: These little nuisance things will eat right through your skull if you neglect them. Fortunately, they very seldom spread to distant locations. Have it excised. If you want a big scar, opt for simple excision. If you want a small scar, microsurgery is available with the local pathologist telling the local surgeon whether he/she needs to cut more from a particular. ...Read more

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Any change in lifestyle needed when basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

Any change in lifestyle needed when basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

Sun avoidance: Although it is difficult to reverse damage already done, you can prevent further damage by sun avoidance, use a sunscreen of no more than spf 50, reapply frequently, wear a hat with a brim, and avoid the sun. Please see a good plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Be well. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just been diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma?

See your doctor: Basal cell carcinomas are the least dangerous cancers and are curable with local removal. You obviously are seeing a doctor to have received the diagnosis. Depending on the location of the cancer, you may need to consult a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why basal cell carcinoma is the least invasive of all cancers?

No metastasis: Basal cell carcinoma does not spread systemically. It only spreads locally and damages adjacent tissues. Therefor is much less invasive than other type of cancers and if removed early when small, it can completely removed without any change in life expectancy. ...Read more

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A few months ago I got my basal cell carcinoma removed and it has been stinging. Is this something to be concerned about?

See your doctor: It's always a smart idea to play it safe when you have questions about surgical recovery. In the vast majority of cases, your symptoms are likely related to healing and residual inflammation. But if this sensation is not getting better (particularly after a week or two), it is wise to go see the doctor who did your surgery and get examined. ...Read more

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How can the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

How can the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

It doesn't: If you have a teacher who talks about "maintaining homeostasis" when there's a cancer, have a serious talk with that teacher's supervisor. Any cancer, untreated, will eventually kill the owner. There's no question of "the body's natural ability to heal" here. The immune system fights some skin cancers but this never cures without an assist from today's high-tech Rx's. ...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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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my basal cell carcinoma?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my basal cell carcinoma?

See a dermatologist: The best treatment for a biopsy proven basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is to have it surgically removed. However, bccs come in various subtypes from mild to more aggressive, and it it important to choose the best treatment. For areas on the head and neck, and cosmetically sensitive areas see an acms fellowdhip trained mohs surgeon. Visit http://www. Skincancermohssurgery. Org/ for more information. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Surfield
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Basal Cell (Definition)

Basal cell carcinoma or bcc is the most common type of skin cancer. There are millions of them each year in the us. They are caused by sun exposure and ultraviolet light (tanning beds) and are very common on the face. It is very rare for them to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. They can be easily cured with ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Balin
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Basal Cell Carcinoma (Definition)

Cancer arising from epithelial layer of the skin developing from basal cells, it is non melanotic. It is a concern with regard to local invasion and growth. Very rarely does it ever metastasize. Treatment centers around surgical excision. It develops usually in areas of sun exposure therefore common in ...Read more