How Does Mohs Surgery Compare To Radiation For Skin Cancer Treatment?

Mature male surgeon gazing and looking at camera at hospital, close up shotThere are many ways to treat skin cancer, each with its benefits and risks. “It’s important that patients be informed of their options,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, Dermatologist and skin cancer expert in Austin, Texas. “It is important that patients be aware of all their options and alternative treatments, to ensure they are receiving the optimal treatment for condition.”

Is Mohs surgery the Gold Standard?

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a precision procedure in which a qualified surgeon carefully removes layer after layer of cancer-containing skin in a localized area until only cancer-free tissue remains. “Many consider Mohs the gold standard for skin cancer treatment on account of its benefits,” says Dr. Mamelak.

Pros:

Cons:

  • While the actual surgery is short, the patient is required to wait in the doctors office for a few hours while the tissue is being processed
  • Injections of local anesthesia are needed, which can cause minor discomfort
  • Risk of scarring, although this is lower than other treatment modalities

What is Superficial Radiation Therapy?

Superficial Radiation Therapy is a kind of radiation therapy which is focused on a localized area and goes no deeper than the thickness of the patient’s skin. Since it is not a systemic treatment, like chemotherapy, or a surgical treatment,the risks of side effects and complications are reduced.

Pros:

  • Painless
  • Short procedure time
  • No anesthesia
  • Effective against localized tumors

Cons:

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For more information about either of these procedures, other treatment options, or to have your skin checked by one of our dermatologists, contact us.

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