Not only can Main Street Medical and Skin Centre, detect, test and diagnose skin cancer, our Doctors are fully trained in the excision/removal of the skin cancer. This is a small surgical procedure completed with the comfort of knowing your family doctor can do it for you in our well equipped treatment rooms, in the clinic you are familiar with.
Surgical excision is used to treat all types of skin cancer. At its best – given our experienced Doctor’s skills and a small, well-placed tumor – we can offer results that are both medically and cosmetically excellent.
After assessment by our mole mapping device MoleMax© as outlined here the Doctor will use the following technique for remove your skin cancer.
Your Doctor will begin by outlining the tumor with a marking pen. A “safety margin” of healthy-looking tissue will be included, because it is not possible to determine with the naked eye how far microscopic strands of tumor may have extended and to remain in line with the MoleMax© results. The extended line of excision is drawn, so the skin may be sewn back together.
The next step is the Doctor will administer a local anesthetic, and then cut along the lines that were drawn. The entire procedure takes about thirty minutes for smaller lesions.
Wounds heal rapidly, usually in a week or two. Scarring depends on many factors, including the placement of the tumor and the patient’s care of the wound after the procedure. You will be provided with full education on aftercare and you will be required to have follow up appointments to monitor your wound.
The tissue sample will be sent to a pathology laboratory, to see if any of the “safety margin” has been invaded by skin cancer. If this is the case, it is assumed that the cancer is still present, and additional surgery is required.
Cure rate is high, and in some cases, the scar is hardly noticeable. It provides an opportunity to examine the surrounding tissue to see if the entire tumor has been removed, which is a good safety precaution. Also, the entire procedure is done in one session, unlike chemotherapy and radiation.
The procedure does require the removal of healthy skin, which results in a larger wound. In certain places on the body, like the head and scalp, it can be difficult to put the wound edges back together. This treatment is best suited to tumors in locations where the wound can be easily stitched and closed. In some cases, the size of the tumor will necessitate skin grafts to close the wound.