Skin Cancer Treatments

Once you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, it is important to select a dermatologist with extensive experience in it’s treatment, such as Dr. T.J. Giuffrida. Dr. Giuffrida will discuss your diagnosis with you and individualize your skin cancer treatment based on what is best for you. Dr. Giuffrida is fellowship trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, which is the best treatment for the most common types of skin cancer. This procedure is a state-of-the-art skin cancer treatment in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Giuffrida is highly skilled and highly respected in all of South Florida. When choosing a Miami Mohs surgeon for skin cancer treatment, Dr. Giuffrida has all the qualities necessary to provide excellent, competent, and compassionate care.

There are several effective treatments for skin cancer and the method selected depends upon many factors, which include:

– The type of cancer
– Its location and size
– The type of previous therapy
– Your current health

As a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Giuffrida can discuss treatment alternatives and advise you on which method of skin cancer treatment is best for you individually. Below is a list of common forms of treatment:

Surgery

1. Mohs Micrographic Surgery– is a specialized procedure used to remove the entire skin cancer while sparing as much normal skin as possible. This method has the highest cure rate when treating skin cancer and is indicated for tumors in difficult-to-treat sites (such as the face, neck) or that have recurred following treatment. When having Mohs surgery, you want a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon such as Dr. T.J. Giuffrida in Miami. For more information on Mohs surgery, go to the Mohs surgery section on this website or the American College of Mohs Surgery website.

2. Electrodessication and Curettage (ED & C) – involves alternately scraping and burning the tumor in combination with low levels of electricity to destroy the tumor cells. It can be used for small basal cell carcinomas and superficial squamous cell carcinomas.

3. Surgical Excision – surgically removing the tumor and a pre-determined margin of normal appearing skin, which is then sent to a pathology lab for examination.

 

Non Surgical Treatment

1. Topical chemotherapy – applying a cream, such as fluorouracil, to the area of the skin cancer to locally destroy the cancerous cells.

2. Immunotherapy – applying a cream, such as imiquimod, to the area of the skin cancer to generate an immune response from your immune system that will help remove the cancerous cells.

3. Photodynamic Therapy – involves applying a topical chemical to the skin followed by exposure to a light source to destroy the cancerous cells.

4. Radiation – involves multiple treatments over weeks. This is commonly used in patients who are not surgical candidates.