SKIN CANCER TREATMENTS

SKIN CANCER TREATMENTS

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Early detection and treatment of Skin Cancers will result in a cure in the majority of cases.

Your treatment options will depend on:
  • The type and size of the Skin Cancer
  • Where it is situated
  • Whether it has spread to other parts of the body
Your Doctor will discuss the best options for treatment based on your individual requirements. The treatment options offered at Capricorn Skin Centre include but are not limited to:

Topical Ointments

Imiquimod and 5FU are creams which stimulate the body’s own immune system to attack and destroy the Skin Cancer and are used for small superficial Skin Cancers. 

Cansema (black salve) is a popular product which medically is not recommended for use in cancer treatment.

Curette and Cautery

Liquid nitrogen is sprayed onto the lesion to freeze it to -20º C to -40º C, the point where the tissue dies. Cryosurgery is generally limited to smaller tumours and precancerous lesions.
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Surgery

This technique, cutting out the tumour, can be used for many BCCs, SCCs and melanomas. This procedure may produce a more cosmetically acceptable linear scar when compared to the flat scar resulting from curette and cautery. Surgical excision also has a cure rate of over 90%.

Non Surgical Mole Removal

We offer non surgical removal of unwanted cosmetic moles. There is no cutting, stitching or bleeding and this treatment gives an excellent cosmetic result with minimal risk of scarring.

Micrographic Surgery

This is a specialised surgical technique for treating large, deep and recurrent Skin Cancers, as well as some Skin Cancers in difficult areas such as the corner of the eye. The lesion is surgically removed, processed and microscopically evaluated on a serial basis before closing the wound. The cure rate is 98% but this procedure is performed on less than 1% of BCC cases.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT is a treatment option where a photosensitising cream is applied to the site of your Skin Cancer and then light is concentrated on that area. This light interacts with the cream and destroys the damaged and abnormal cancerous cells.
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