10 doctors weighed in:
Do people with bcc skin cancer get good cures after surgery, or is it only a matter of time to a recurrence?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If you get the basal cell all out its gone.
Now people with basal cells can get other skin cancers so they still need regular checks.

In brief: Yes
If you get the basal cell all out its gone.
Now people with basal cells can get other skin cancers so they still need regular checks.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on method
Bcc is usually completely curable.
Mohs has the highest cure rate due to the ability to examine all margins of the tissue under the microscope at the time of surgery. Other methods have lower cure rates and greater chance of recurrence.

In brief: Depends on method
Bcc is usually completely curable.
Mohs has the highest cure rate due to the ability to examine all margins of the tissue under the microscope at the time of surgery. Other methods have lower cure rates and greater chance of recurrence.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Moh's excision patients who have recurrences do NOT return to their Dermatologist who put them through hours of exhaustive injections and excisions, when the first thing I do with reconstruction is a wider excision and recheck of margins by a real Pathologist, not the Derm who excises via Mohs' (conflict of interest). Margins are all too frequently STILL positive! Not a fan of Moh's and self-reported "cure" rates.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 99%
Bcc can be cured 99% of the time by mohs surgery.
Standard excision has a lower cure rate because the entire margin cannot be examined using routine pathology, however, the cure rate is usually 95-96%. Recurrent bcc should always be treated by mohs surgery because surgical excision has a very high failure rate for these tumors.

In brief: 99%
Bcc can be cured 99% of the time by mohs surgery.
Standard excision has a lower cure rate because the entire margin cannot be examined using routine pathology, however, the cure rate is usually 95-96%. Recurrent bcc should always be treated by mohs surgery because surgical excision has a very high failure rate for these tumors.
Dr. Arlo Miller
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Proper surgical
Excision with microscopically-checked adequate margins (2mm or more) are almost universally cured.
New cancers can develop, especially in sun-exposed areas. Moh's excisions are done by non-plastic surgeons with incomplete ability to reconstruct defects. Plastic surgical reconstruction excises cosmetic subunits and verifies the margins are free of bcc cells. We see mohs recurrences; see plas surg!

In brief: Proper surgical
Excision with microscopically-checked adequate margins (2mm or more) are almost universally cured.
New cancers can develop, especially in sun-exposed areas. Moh's excisions are done by non-plastic surgeons with incomplete ability to reconstruct defects. Plastic surgical reconstruction excises cosmetic subunits and verifies the margins are free of bcc cells. We see mohs recurrences; see plas surg!
Dr. Richard Tholen
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually cured
Sporadic basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is usually effectively treated by complete surgical removal.
The fact that a patient developed bcc means that their skin has had years' worth of sun damage. Consequently, new & unrelated bcc may develop in completely different areas of the skin. Finally, there are a few inherited predispositions to bcc.

In brief: Usually cured
Sporadic basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is usually effectively treated by complete surgical removal.
The fact that a patient developed bcc means that their skin has had years' worth of sun damage. Consequently, new & unrelated bcc may develop in completely different areas of the skin. Finally, there are a few inherited predispositions to bcc.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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