What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is a disease that causes healthy skin cells to mutate and grow at a rapid rate. There are several types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Each one presents different symptoms, but the most common warning signs generally include abnormal pigment change, chronic redness, and persistent swelling of the skin. At Clearview Dermatology, we offer a variety of minimally invasive treatment options that can effectively remove cancerous tissue and help prevent future spreading. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed or suspect skin cancer, call our office in Leominster, Gardner, or Hudson, MA to learn about all your options.
Skin Cancer Treatment Reviews
"I worked with Dr Smith many years ago when he was just starting out and when I worked for another derm we sent many patients to him for surgery. He even did surgery on my 90 yr old grandmother. He is an awesome surgeon. I have seen so many of his patients after surgery and they loved him. Is he arrogant? Yes, he is but I would go to him in a heartbeat for removal of skin cancer "- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 03, 2019
Treatments for skin cancer
There are several procedures that can be used to treat skin cancer. Your therapy will depend on the type, location, and severity of your disease. The most common forms of treatment include excision, electrodesiccation and curettage, cryosurgery, and Mohs surgery. During your initial exam, our team will discuss the benefits and risks of all your options. It's important to understand that while minimally invasive, these treatments are surgical methods that will most likely leave behind a visible scar. Our skilled team will do all we can to limit this effect and can discuss other cosmetic options that can help reduce the appearance of scarring.
Skin cancer treatment FAQs
Is skin cancer treatment safe?
All surgical procedures come with some risk, but the techniques we use at Clearview Dermatology are considered very safe. The most common side effects include temporary redness and swelling. You may also experience some itching and/or burning at the treatment site as your skin heals. These symptoms are normal and will generally resolve within a short period.
Is skin cancer treatment effective?
Yes. Skin cancer can be removed through minimally invasive surgery in most cases. However, there is always a chance that cancer will return. This is why it is important to follow up with a professional for regular check-ups and take measures to protect your skin from further damage. We will work with you to develop a long-term plan moving forward.
How much does skin cancer treatment cost?
The cost of treatment depends on the type of procedure you undergo. Generally, insurance will cover most, if not all, of the costs associated with skin cancer surgery. We understand that this can be a difficult and confusing time, which is why our team will work with you to navigate the ins and outs of your insurance policy.
Seek Treatment Today
Don't let skin cancer prevent you from doing the things you love with the people you care about the most. We know that receiving a diagnosis of skin cancer can be scary, but there are many treatment options to choose from to safely address this condition. Our board-certified team is also here to guide you on your road to recovery. Reach out to one of our Central Massachusetts locations today to schedule an appointment.