Mohs in Albuquerque
Modern Surgery for Skin Cancer in New Mexico
The best treatment for skin cancer depends on the cancer's type, location, and stage. Mohs at Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants is used for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma because it's a highly effective surgery that also maximizes cosmetic results. This makes it particularly suited for skin cancers that develop on the face, head, and hands.
Mohs is ideal for highly visible areas because it is an extremely precise surgery that removes only the cancerous tissue and just enough beyond its margins to get rid of the malignant cells.
Mohs Treatment Details
Surgical tumor removal has long been a treatment used by doctors to combat skin cancer, but Mohs micrographic surgery—first developed in the 1930s—is a particularly sophisticated and rigorous approach to treating the disease.
Cancer cells are not strictly limited to visible tumors, and may extend into the surrounding tissue, which can lead to further health problems if they remain present but unseen after a tumor is removed. Mohs surgery at Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants involves a dermatologist removing a very thin layer of surrounding tissue along with the tumor.
This tissue is specially prepared, then examined minutely under a microscope to check for signs of cancer. If any malignant cells are detected, another layer is taken and examined. This repeats until the dermatologist finds nothing but cancer-free tissue samples. These are known as clear margins.
Because the layers are so thin and the Mohs process is so meticulous, the wound left behind after the tumor removal is only as big as it needs to be, and the cure rates are the best of any widely accepted treatment strategy. Depending on the cancer, cure rates can be as high as 98 percent.
In order to perform Mohs surgery, dermatologists must receive special training. Experienced surgeons can also close the wound to minimize cosmetic disruption. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma patients can discuss the option with the Western Dermatology Associates team during a visit and consultation to determine whether the method represents the best option for them.
A Note on Melanoma
In some cases, Mohs can be used on melanoma, the most aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer, but Western Dermatology Consultants uses the advanced surgical technique only for treating basal and squamous cell carcinomas. If you have a melanoma diagnosis, know that you have several options available that can be discussed. The primary goal of any suggested treatment will be to preserve your health, followed by preserving your appearance as effectively as possible.
More Than Mohs for Skin Cancer
Learn more about skin cancer treatment options, as well as the different types of skin cancer that can develop, from the team at Western Dermatology Consultants.
Note that there are also many skin conditions that can resemble skin cancer, but are actually benign and may be treatable. A diagnosis from a doctor is crucial to correctly identifying cancer and setting the best course of action.