Skin Cancer Treatment Brownwood, TX
Skin Cancer begins in your skin’s top layer-the epidermis. This is a thin layer that provides a protective cover of skin cells that your body continually sheds. The epidermis contains three main types of cells: Squamous cells, Basal cells, and Melanocytes.
Much of the damage to these skin cells is a result from ultraviolet (UV) radiation found in sunlight and in the lights used in tanning beds. Sun exposure doesn’t explain skin cancers that develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. This indicates that other factors may contribute to your risk of skin cancer, such as being exposed to toxic substances or having a condition that weakens your immune system. Your options for treatment for skin cancers and precancerous skin lesions known as actinic keratosis will vary depending on the size, type, depth, and location. Small skin cancers limited to the surface may not require treatment after an initial skin biopsy that removes the entire growth.
Each skin cancer treatment option works differently and may have side effects. Skin cancer treatment can include surgical procedures or other techniques for physically removing the cancer such as freezing, surgical excision, Photodynamic or laser therapy. You may also get a combination of therapies. At your visit at Creative Image Laser Solutions you and Dr. Gary Butka will make a treatment plan that is right for you.
Treatment options available include:
- Cryotherapy. Freezing. Dr. Butka may destroy actinic keratosis and some small, early skin cancers by freezing them with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery). The dead tissue sloughs off as it heals.
- Excisional surgery. This treatment may be appropriate for any type of skin cancer. The cancerous tissue and a surrounding margin of healthy skin is excised (cut out).
- Curettage, Electrodessiccation. After removing most of a growth, layers of cancer cells using a device with a circular blade (curet) will be scraped away. An electric needle destroys any remaining cancer cells.
- Photodynamic therapy. This treatment destroys skin cancer cells by using a combination of laser light and medications that make cancer cells sensitive to light.