Skin Cancer Center Services
The diagnosis of skin cancer is a life-altering event. At Kansas City Skin & Cancer Center we have the knowledge and compassion to help you understand the condition and all of your options. With our expertise and state-of-the-art technology, we offer each patient the best, most effective treatment available.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery, an advanced treatment procedure for skin cancer, offers the highest cure rate, even if the skin cancer has been previously treated. This procedure is a state-of-the-art treatment in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. It relies on the accuracy of a microscope to trace and ensure removal of skin cancer down to its roots. This procedure allows Mohs surgeons to see beyond the visible disease, and to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. This procedure is often used in treating two of the most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as other rare skin conditions.
The cure rate for Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the highest of all treatments for skin cancer. This procedure––the most exact and precise method of tumor removal––minimizes the chance of regrowth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.
Additional Skin Cancer Treatments
Many skin cancer tumors can be eliminated with a surgery called a standard excision. The tumor and nearby skin are numbed to allow the tumor and surrounding tissue to be removed. Depending on the tumor size, the skin may heal on its own, require stitches or need a skin graft or skin flap that uses healthy tissue from the surrounding areas.
Electrodesiccation and Curettage
With this two-part procedure, cancerous tissue is scraped away using a surgical instrument called a curette. The remaining tissue is then cauterized with an electric needle.
Electrodesiccation and Cryotherapy
Some small tumors can be treated with cryotherapy, also called cryosurgery. With this technique, the cancerous tissue is frozen, killing the cancer cells. The frozen cells will then slough off, allowing the healthy skin to heal.