Sometimes Dr. Roberts will discover a cancerous growth on your skin that cannot be completely treated by medical therapy alone. In these situations, she will review which surgical option she thinks is best for you. She will also explain the post-operative course and what you can expect during the healing phase.
Occasionally, if the growth is very large or in a cosmetically sensitive area on the head or neck, she may recommend a procedure called Mohs surgery. With this type of surgery, specially trained Mohs surgeons remove the cancerous growth while trying to spare as much surrounding normal tissue as they can. Dr. Roberts will refer you to a board certified Mohs surgeon in your area if needed.
After your procedure, Dr. Roberts will continue to monitor you closely with frequent screening exams to be sure there is no recurrence of your skin cancer and to detect any future growths early. She may even recommend a skin care program to prevent future precancerous and cancerous growths if you are interested.
Remember: an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure!
Avoiding excessive sun exposure, wearing sun protective clothing and eye wear as well as the use of broad spectrum sunscreen daily is recommended for all our patients.