Treating Skin Cancer With Mohs Surgery in Sarasota, FL
- Posted on: Dec 15 2023
Every day, more than 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer. Annual skin cancer screening is important to catch it early. Although this type of cancer is commonly diagnosed, patients often feel overwhelmed and unsure of what the treatment and recovery process entails. One of the most effective treatments that we offer at American Dermatology Associates Inc. in Sarasota, FL, is Mohs surgery. This precise, highly specialized treatment is incredibly effective in helping patients with the removal of cancerous skin tissue. Here is what you should know.
What Is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a type of skin cancer treatment that involves the removal of cancer cells in stages. During treatment, skin cancer tissue is removed one layer at a time, ensuring a thorough removal of all the affected cells. The procedure typically takes a few hours to complete and is often performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting.
With the highest cure rate of all treatment techniques for skin cancer, you can expect favorable results with this specialized treatment.
When Is Mohs Surgery Recommended?
Mohs surgery is an effective treatment for various types of cancer. In most cases, this treatment is offered for patients who have squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma. Mohs surgery is typically recommended in cases where:
- The patient was previously treated and had a skin cancer recurrence
- The cancer appears in an area that has very little skin tissue below, such as the scalp, nose, ears, genitals, or eyelids.
- The cancer is large and/or aggressive
Mohs surgery is also used to treat some patients who have been diagnosed with melanoma. However, discussing this treatment option with your doctor will help to determine if it is an appropriate treatment for your specific diagnosis and circumstances.
See if Mohs Surgery in Sarasota, FL, Is Right for You
Dr. Jennifer T. Trent at American Dermatology Associates Inc. in Sarasota, FL, has extensive experience performing Mohs surgery on patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Dr. Trent is a recipient of both the prestigious Young Investigators Award for research from the American Academy of Dermatology and the Samuel Resnik Award for dermatology research from the University of Miami Department of Dermatology. You can rest assured that she will provide you with knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate services throughout your entire treatment process.
Contact Dr. Trent today to schedule a consultation at (941) 379-6647 to see if Mohs surgery is right for you.
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