Treatments

The vast majority of skin cancers, once diagnosed, simply require removal or excision. This is done by cutting the skin around the cancer under local anaesthetic. Most excisions are simple and quick. A few stitches are placed in the skin and these are removed a week or two later. In most cases this is curative and nothing further needs to be done. Occasionally it might be necessary to excise a further piece of skin to ensure the cancer is fully removed. All specimens taken at our clinic will be sent for examination and analysis by a pathologist to determine if all the cancer has been removed.

As far as melanomas are concerned, excision is the only treatment. Excision for treatment of melanomas must be done as early as possible and with a correct margin to provide the best chance of cure. Most melanomas detected at skin cancer clinics are cured. The key is to make the diagnosis early.

If you have any suspicions about a mole or other spot on your skin, please phone straight away for an appointment.
PHONE 02 9299 7777

Non-melanoma skin cancers can sometimes be treated by non-surgical techniques:

Curettage: the cancer is scraped off the skin using a curette (a spoon shaped surgical instrument)

Cryotherapy or freezing: liquid nitrogen is sprayed onto the lesion to cause a destructive reaction that heals over several days.

Photodynamic Therapy: this is a relatively new treatment that is done in two sessions a week apart. Half a day is required per session. Cream is applied which needs to be left for about 3 hours then the spot is illuminated with a special light called an Aktilite. There is a small amount of pain and healing occurs within a week or so.

Aldara or Imiquimod cream: suitable for superficial basal cell carcinomas and aktinic keratoses. The cream is applied for several weeks and causes a reaction which destroys the lesion.
Efudix or 5 fluoro-uracil cream: suitable for actinic keratoses and very early pre-invasive squamous cell carcinomas that are thin. Cream is applied and a reaction is produced.

Solaraze or diclofenac cream: this needs to be applied twice daily for 90 days and there is usually no visible reaction. It is suitable for aktinic keratoses (sunspots)

All the above treatments including excisions are performed at CBD Skin Cancer Clinic.

 
 
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