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SCC Skin Cancer

Example Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Options

SCC can appear in several different ways. The most common locations are where skin has been damaged in the past, like the scalp, hands, ears or lips. However, SCC can appear anywhere, including inside the mouth, soles of the feet and the genital area. Some symptoms of SCC include:

  • Firm, red nodules
  • Flat sores with a scaly crust
  • New sores or raised areas on old scars or ulcers
  • A rough, scaly patch of skin on the lips that may become an open sore
  • Red sore or rough patch inside of the mouth
  • Red, raised patch or wart-like sore on or inside of the anus or on genitals

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Options

SCC skin cancer treatments can be effective, especially when caught early. More often than not, SCC will only require minor surgery to remove in the early stages. However, the only way to know is by talking to a professional. At BHSkin Dermatology, we have specialists who are highly experienced in this area. They’ll be able to decide what treatment is best for you based on the size, location, and aggressive nature of the tumor. Here are a few of the most effective options:

Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is considered the most effective method for treating SCC. During Mohs surgery, your BHSkin Dermatologist will remove the cancer cells from each skin layer, examining them closely until no cancer cells remain. This ensures your dermatologist has removed the entire growth without taking more healthy skin than is necessary.

Curettage and Electrodesiccation

Curettage and electrodesiccation, often referred to as C&E, is a good option for SCC skin cancer that is less likely to come back. This treatment option is two-fold. The Curettage involves using a scraping tool to remove the surface of the cancer. Electrodesiccation comes in afterward to sear the base of the cancer with an electric needle.

Laser Therapy

Using equipment that produces an intense beam of light, your dermatologist can literally vaporize cancerous growths. This treatment option often leads to very little damage to the healthy tissue surrounding the affected area. It also helps to prevent swelling, scarring or bleeding. If SCC is still in the very minor stages or appears as very superficial skin lesions, laser treatment may be the best option.

Other Treatment Options

Other SCC skin cancer treatment options include:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Cryosurgery (freezing cancer cells in liquid nitrogen)
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Simple excision

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Diagram

What to Expect Before and After SCC Treatment in LA

Before SCC Treatment

Before treatment, several tests and office visits may be expected. We’ll want to run several tests to make sure the diagnosis and stage of the cancer are correct. However, what to expect during treatment can vary depending on the kind of treatment you receive.

After SCC Treatment

The condition and situation after the treatment also depend a lot on what kind of treatment you’ll be undergoing. All of the treatments will entail follow-up appointments and recovery time.

You should take extra care to protect your skin from the elements at this time. Soft clothing, broad-spectrum sunscreen used daily, and materials that protect skin from the sun are the most important factors. Also, avoid any situation where skin could be harmed, including tanning beds and spending a long amount of time outside even on cloudy days.


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