Skin Cancer Treatment

Skin Cancer Treatment

Island Dermatology offers the best skin cancer treatment options in the greater Seattle-Bellevue metro area. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff specializes in the removal of precancerous growths (actinic keratosis), basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma. We use a combination of cryotherapy and excision treatment methods to successfully remove signs of skin cancer and reduce the likelihood that the cancer will return.

The staff at Island Dermatology understands how scary skin cancer can be and takes a caring approach to treating our patients. Along with performing the skin cancer removal procedure in the most professional manner possible, our staff provides our clients with post procedure information and skin care prevention advice. Our clients can be confident that we will be there for them every step of the way!

Cryotherapy Skin Cancer Treatment

Cyrotherapy is an effective method for treating precancerous growths, such as actinic keratoses, and some types of skin cancer; specifically, those that grow close to the surface of the skin, such as superficial basal cell carcinoma and in situ squamous cell carcinoma. The precancerous or cancerous growths are destroyed by applying liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy the harmful cells in the affected area(s). Cryotherapy is commonly used to remove growths that have appeared for the first time and/or when there are multiple growths in a concentrated area that must be removed.

It is not uncommon for the treated area to become red or blistered after a cryotherapy treatment. It can take a few weeks for the treated area to heal completely. Although side effects of cryotherapy are minimal, they may include scarring, hypopigmentation (skin in treated area appears more pale than surrounding skin), and damage to healthy tissue surrounding and/or under the treated area.

Excision Skin Cancer Treatment

Excision is a popular method for removing basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers from the body. After a local anesthetic is applied to numb the treated area, the skin cancer and some healthy skin tissue around the periphery (margin) of the treated area are surgically removed. After the cancerous area is removed, the incision is closed with stitches. The margins of the removed area will be evaluated to ensure the removal of all skin cancer.

The length of post excision recovery varies based on the area being treated and the amount of skin removed. Risks associated with utilizing excision to remove skin cancer include: bleeding, infection, and scarring.