Skin Cancer Care Specialists Blog
Treating Skin Cancer with Wide-Local Excision
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | December 3, 2018 | Category: Skin Cancer
Many methods exist for the treatment of skin cancer on both the “low-risk” areas of the body such as the arms and legs as well as the more sensitive areas like the lips, around the eyes, nose, ears and scalp. Wide-local excision — the process of removing the cancerous tissue and a small area of healthy tissue surrounding it — is one type of surgical skin cancer treatment used on some of the lower risk areas. This treatment is most commonly used when treating early stage melanomas that have not spread into the deeper levels of the dermis or to other areas of the body. However, wide-local excision can also be used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinomas with success.
Unlike Mohs surgery, wide-local excision removes a marginal amount of healthy tissue along with the cancerous tissue and, therefore, leaves a larger wound and a greater potential for scarring. In cases where the cancerous tissue affects parts of the body where not much skin is available for suturing such as the head or scalp, the necessity for a skin graft or skin flaps may be possible.
During a wide-local excision, Dr. Weisberg, an expertly-trained dermatologist and Mohs surgeon, removes the affected tissue along with a surrounding area of healthy tissue to ensure that all the cancer cells are removed, usually in an elliptical shape that resembles a football. Afterwards, the wound is sutured and the tissue is sent off to be processed and analyzed by an expert pathologist.
Following the surgery, the experts at Skin Cancer Care Specialists will instruct you on how to care for your sutures and how best to clean the wound for your comfort and to avoid infection. Generally, a follow-up visit is required 1-3 weeks after surgery to remove the sutures.
If you are interested in learning more about wide-local excision surgery or to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure, call Skin Cancer Care Specialists today at 561-775-6011.
Additional Blog Articles:
American Board of Medical Specialties Recognizes Fellowship Trained Mohs SurgeonsNovember 2, 2018
Mohs, Practice News
The American Board of Dermatology recently announced that the application to offer Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) as a subspecialty of dermatology was approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) on October 26, 2018. […]
Skin Cancer Care Specialists Congratulates Kathryn Goggins, Pa-C on Her 5 Year Anniversary with The Practice!September 29, 2018
We are happy to announce Kathryn Goggins, PA-C has recently celebrated her 5-year anniversary with Skin Cancer Care Specialists. As a nationally certified physician assistant Kathryn has been an invaluable asset to the practice and […]
What are the Advantages of Mohs Surgery?September 5, 2018
Affecting 3.3 million Americans each year, basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) are the two most common types of skin cancers in the United States. Luckily, if you suspect you have or […]
How to Properly use Sunscreen to Prevent a SunburnAugust 1, 2018
There are many prevention measures you can take to reduce your risk of sunburns (as well as skin cancer) such as wearing UPF clothing, UV-blocking sunglasses and hats or limiting your time in the sun […]
How Can UPF Clothing Help Protect You from the Sun?July 5, 2018
Dermatology, Skin Cancer
When the temperature begins to rise, it may be tempting to spend a nice summer day outdoors. However, even when you limit your time in the sun and apply broad spectrum sunscreen daily, it is […]
Jupiter Magazine Names Dr. Weisberg a Top Doctor of 2018June 1, 2018
Practice News, Skin Cancer
Our very own dermatologist Dr. Weisberg has been named a Top Doctor in Jupiter Magazine under the Dermatology category. Dr. Weisberg was one among only 7 dermatologists named a Top Doctor of 2018. Dr. Weisberg […]