Squamous cell carcinoma treatment depends on your overall health, the location of your cancer, its size, and its stage. Your doctor will recommend the best treatment option after considering these factors.
An excisional biopsy may remove the entire growth or area of concern. You might have Moh's surgery, in which the doctor removes thin layers of cancerous tissue until healthy skin without cancer appears.
Other surgery types include:
- Laser surgery, which uses focused light to remove cancer.
- Curettage and electrodessication, in which a curette, a special sharp instrument, removes the cancerous tissue. Heat or a special chemical is then applied to the skin.
Sometimes, your doctor will recommend non-surgical squamous cell carcinoma treatments.
These can include:
- Immune response modifiers, which are creams or injected medicines that help your body's immune system destroy the cancer.
- Chemotherapy creams applied to the skin, known as topical chemotherapy.
- Cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove cancer.
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT), which combines medication and a special light to destroy cancerous tissue.
- Chemical peeling, in which chemicals applied to the skin shrink and kill cancer.
Dermatologists, pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, and surgical oncologists are part of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center team. They work together to diagnose and treat squamous cell carcinoma.
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