There are a few options for surgery at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia. Your doctor will discuss the best option to treat your particular condition during your consultation. These include the following:
General Surgery for Skin Cancers
The Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia performs skin cancer surgery for all types of skin cancers including melanomas and non-melanoma skin cancers (Squamous Cell Carcinomas - SCCs and Basal Cell Carcinomas - BCCs). Some procedures can be performed in the clinic environment while more serious ones will be operated on in our fully accredited day surgery. All specialists at the Foundation are trained in surgical techniques.
Sometimes a small biopsy or sample of the tumour is taken at the initial consultation to confirm the diagnosis of skin cancer or melanoma. This is particularly likely if the nature of the tumour is not certain after clinical examination.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
The main difference between Mohs surgery and other methods of removing skin cancers is microscopic control. The major advantage of Mohs surgery is that the tumour is completely removed with a high degree of precision but also with minimal loss of normal tissue. In Mohs surgery, multiple thin, horizontal layers of the cancer are removed and each layer is carefully identified and ‘mapped’ by the surgeon so that its exact location can be pinpointed on the wound.
Plastic and Oculoplastic Surgery
Depending on the location and severity of the skin cancer, the results may range from a small neat scar to permanent changes in facial structures depending where the skin cancer was located and the size of the skin cancer.