The diagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma is confirmed via biopsy, and then a physician will proceed to give you treatment options, of which there are many. But what are the options? What are the risks? How can you prepare yourself for treatment and what are the after effects of each kind? We want you to know that there is no reason to worry, because we’ve written a detailed post just for you about what you can consider when it comes to BCC treatment.
Mohs MicroGraphic Surgery
This treatment option requires a physician trained in executing Mohs Micrographic surgery. First, the physician will remove a thin layer of tissue containing the tumor or affected skin. Frozen layers of this skin are then mapped in critical detail and examined carefully under a microscope. This can generally be done on-site. If cancer is present in the tissue, the procedure will be repeated, but only on the areas of the body where cancer cells were successfully identified. This technique saves the most healthy tissue, and has a 99% or higher success rate.
This procedure will require a physician to remove the entire growth as well as the surrounding area to be certain they’ve caught everything. They will then proceed to stitch up the site, and the specimen will be sent to a laboratory to be tested for any additional cancerous cells. The cure rates for this procedure are typically 95% or higher, although cosmetically, it isn’t the cleanest procedure. There is often a round white scar left after healing.
No cutting. No anesthesia. However, there are risk factors that come along with radiation. Total destruction sometimes requires X-Ray Beams being pointed directly at the site for several weeks or even months. It may cause long-term cosmetic issues or other risks associated with radiology. The success rate is around 90%, and this type of procedure is most often performed with elderly or if surgery is too high-risk. It’s always best to get an opinion from a skin care specialist
that can talk to you and understand your particular situation so that they can help you find the perfect treatment option just for you.
There are oral medications for advanced BCC that work by blocking the “hedgehog” signaling pathway, which is the key step in the way BCC develops. There is a rather lengthy list of risks that can result from using the oral treatment, such as birth defects if administered to a pregnant woman, serious musculoskeletal issues, increased serum creatine kinase levels, muscle pain, and spasms.
There are still more types of treatment that can be used against an attack of BCC, such as topical ointment, laser treatment and photodynamic therapy. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re at risk, or are concerned about an area on your skin that looks suspicious, schedule an appointment with a skin care specialist and talk to them about Basal Cell Carcinoma and the risk factors involved.