Skin Cancer Care
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. The specialists at Franciscan Health identify, diagnose and treat all forms of skin cancer with advanced methods and the highest quality of care.
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Skin Cancer Care
Specializing in the Detection and Treatment of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer often presents itself on the face, neck and head, due to the increased sun exposure that these areas of your body receive. Early detection and removal of cancerous growths greatly increases your chances of preserving your health and appearance.
Franciscan Health specializes in the treatment of skin cancer, providing the highest quality of care and reconstruction surgery focused on your health and appearance. Our approach to quality cancer care includes ongoing communication with your referring doctor to coordinate your procedure and follow-up.
CT (computed tomography) guided biopsies are used to test for cancer or infection. CT scan imaging guides where the needle is placed, during which the patient will need to lie still for about 30-60 minutes.
At Franciscan Health, our board-certified dermatologists are highly skilled in identifying and treating skin cancer with the most advanced methods available. Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly effective option for skin cancer surgery.
Ultrasound guided biopsies use ultrasound imaging to guide needle placement to test for cancer or infection. This is most often used for testing breast tissue and abdominal organs.
Surgical options to treat skin cancer
Our board-certified dermatologists and surgeons are highly skilled in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the removal of basal and squamous cell cancers. Mohs Surgery offers the highest possible cure rate - up to 99 percent for most primary cancers, and slightly lower for recurrent cancers - while minimizing the loss of normal tissue. This innovative treatment is only performed by highly specialized physicians, and at Franciscan Health, your skin cancer surgeon may also act as pathologist, and in many cases, reconstructive surgeon.
Since skin cancer commonly occurs on the face, it is essential that the maximum amount of healthy tissue is left untouched in order to minimize facial scarring. Our dermatological surgeons receive specialized training in the most effective, least disruptive approaches to skin cancer removal, as well as the latest reconstruction techniques.
Skin cancer reconstruction surgery
By preserving the greatest amount of normal tissue, our dermatologists have a better foundation for successful skin cancer reconstruction. In some cases, the cancer removal will leave only a small scar that does not require reconstruction. Depending on the size of the tissue mass removed, skin cancer reconstructive surgery may be necessary to prevent deformity.
Our surgeons who perform Mohs Micrographic Surgery are trained extensively in skin cancer reconstructive surgery, which in many cases allows for the entire removal and reconstruction process to be completed at once. This shortens overall recovery time and eliminates the inconvenience and discomfort of multiple procedures. However, if certain functional anatomic structures are involved, such as the ears or nose, your dermatologist may need to perform your reconstruction in stages. At our dermatology practice, your health and appearance always are our top priorities.
The extent of the reconstruction may be uncertain until the surgery occurs. It is difficult to know how much of the cancer lies beneath the skin until the procedure is performed. In some cases, the area can be reconstructed with a local flap of skin, which is repositioned to cover the wound. In other cases, a skin graft may be required, which repositions healthy skin from another part of the body over the wound.
In any case, our highly trained and board-certified dermatologists will skillfully reconstruct the area to minimize the cancer's effect on your appearance.