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Treatment options for squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer for Pennsylvania patients. It tends to stay on the top layer of skin for long periods of time, but will eventually invade deeper tissues if left untreated. In rare cases, the disease may spread to other organs of the body, placing a patient's life in danger.

Luckily, there are several effective treatments available for patients diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. For example, the treatment with the highest overall cure rate is known as Mohs micrographic surgery, which involves a surgeon cutting away the SCC tumor and a thin layer of surrounding tissue. The tissue is then tested while the patient waits to make sure all cancer cells have been removed. If they haven't, another layer of tissue is removed and tested. This procedure has a cure rate of 94 to 99 percent. Excisional surgery is another procedure with a high cure rate. In this technique, a surgeon excises the entire tumor with a scalpel and stitches the wound shut. The removed tissue is then sent to a lab for testing. This treatment has a cure rate of 92 percent for first-time SCC diagnoses and 77 percent for recurrent cases.

Other available treatments for SCC include electrosurgery and cryosurgery, which destroy tumors by burning or freezing, respectively. Depending on the size and location of the tumor, doctors may also opt for radiation, photodynamic therapy, laser surgery or topical medications.

A doctor's failure to diagnose skin cancer can lead to a worsened condition and put a patient's life at risk. In such cases, it may be advisable to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent doctor. Patients who have been harmed in such a mannger could find out more about their available options by speaking with an attorney.

Source: Skin Cancer, "Treatment Options", Aug. 23, 2017

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