Trusted Skin Cancer Specialists
FIND ANSWERS TO YOUR SKIN PROBLEMS
Healthy skin is an important aspect of the quality of our life. We are very thorough in our examination of your skin. We understand that an early diagnosis of cancers can make a significant difference in your long term health.
Oasis Dermatology will be by your side each step of the way, from diagnosis to prognosis to treatment and aftercare support. We will encourage and strengthen you and answer all your questions. Most importantly, you should know that skin cancer is very treatable. Even melanoma, which is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, has a 90% five-year survivability rate for patients who receive immediate treatment.
Cancers We Treat
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SKIN CANCER?
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. The three most common types include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Our skin cancer specialists will assess and determine what kind of skin cancer you have and formulate the best skin cancer treatment regimen for you.
BASAL CELL CARCINOMA
Eight in ten cases of skin cancer are basal cell carcinomas, which is the most common and less aggressive form of skin cancer. Their development is usually due to prolonged exposure to the sun.
SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA
Because squamous cells are located on the skin’s surface, exposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet radiation greatly contributes to the development of this type of cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma happens in two out of every ten patients with skin cancer and, if left untreated, can escalate to other parts of your body.
Melanoma is the least common, yet the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It develops in your melanocytes, which are cells responsible for producing pigment in your skin. Melanoma is more likely to grow and spread than other forms of skin cancer.
FINDING THE BEST SKIN CANCER TREATMENT
A minimally-invasive skin cancer treatment, cryotherapy, can offer patients with early-stage skin cancer and certain benign lesions an alternative to more invasive procedures.
During cryotherapy, liquid gas at very low temperatures (such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide at -346° F) freezes the targeted tissue, destroying it without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.
You can have your skin cancer removed in the office, and resume regular activities immediately following treatment.
Excisional surgery removes cancerous lesions (moles or lesions) through a small incision.
Typically performed with local anesthesia, this treatment for skin cancer is most effective for small to medium-sized moles or lesions in areas of the body typically covered by clothing. The removed tissue will be sent to our pathology lab to determine if it was cancerous and to see if all the cancerous cells were completely removed.
Excisional surgery is a quick in-office procedure that is usually performed with local anesthesia. Depending on your type of mole or lesion, this procedure may or may not help improve the appearance of the affected area.
This is applied directly on skin daily for several weeks to kill fast growing skin cells, including cancer cells.
Topical chemotherapy uses a drug called 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). The cream is used on the skin which helps kill the cancerous cells over a period of time. This is very popular among skin cancer patients as it is the most convenient treatment option, non-invasive, and includes minimal scarring.
ELECTRODESICCATION AND CURETTAGE
The Electrodesiccation and Curettage procedure is one of the safest, effective skin cancer treatments for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Our providers can safely and effectively eliminate cancerous cells from your body by removing the cancerous tissue via scraping (curettage), then closing the wound by superheating (electrodesiccation).
EDC takes place in the office under local anesthesia, typically takes 30 minutes or less, and doesn’t require sutures in most cases. This skin cancer treatment is recommended for areas of the body that are not regularly visible, such as the back or torso. You can benefit from EDC if you have superficial, less severe skin cancers that have yet to spread beyond ¼ to ½ inch in diameter.
MOHS MICROGRAPHIC SURGERY
Mohs micrographic surgery, a time-tested procedure, continues to be one of the most effective methods for removing skin cancer.
The program involves precise and immediate skin cancer removal. The procedure has a proven high success rate and entails little uncertainty and offers only long-lasting results and a shorter recovery time for patients.
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