Excision of non-melanoma skin cancer is a treatment to remove, or excise, basal cell and squamous cell cancers (carcinomas) from your skin. Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the skin.
Most cases of these types of cancer can be cured if they are found and removed early. If the cancer is not completely removed, it may come back.
The doctor uses medicine to numb the area around the cancer. Then he or she cuts out the cancer along with small amount of healthy skin around it. The wound is most often closed with stitches.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes. You will probably go home soon after. You may have a scar. The scar should fade with time.
The tissue that was removed will be sent to a lab to be looked at under a microscope. This is done to confirm if the tissue is skin cancer and if all of it was removed.
When you find out that you have cancer, you may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Patrice Burgess, MD, FAAFP - Family Medicine
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Randall D. Burr, MD - Dermatology
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