A high cure rate is one reason why Mohs micrographic surgery is often recommended for treating selected types of skin cancer. It’s also preferred because it helps patients keep as much healthy tissue as possible. But not everyone is a good candidate. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer and you’re wondering if you are a candidate for Mohs Micrographic Surgery, your doctor can let you know for sure.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs Micrographic surgery is an advanced, micro-surgical technique for the treatment of skin cancer. It is an outpatient procedure that is usually done under local anesthesia.
How it works
Mohs surgery involves excising the cancerous tumor, and then systematically removing layers of tissue at the site. Each layer is carefully scrutinized under a microscope, to determine if the cancer has been completely removed. If any cancer cells are present, the process is continued until the tissue is cancer-free.
Am I a candidate for Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs surgery is normally recommended for the treatment of the most common types of skin cancer, namely, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). So if you have BCC or SCC, and don’t have a fear of surgery, you may be a good candidate for Mohs surgery.
Mohs surgery is often recommended for treating tumors in delicate areas such as the face, neck, hands, and feet, where it’s important to preserve as much skin as possible. However it can be used on other parts of the body.
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