New treatments for skin cancer are appearing and evolving rapidly. However, one surgical technique stands above the rest – Mohs micrographic surgery. The technique, developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs, traces its origins to the 1930s. Mohs surgery has, with a few refinements, been embraced over the past decade by an increasing number of surgeons for a variety of skin cancers. Today, Mohs micrographic surgery has come to be accepted as the single most effective technique for removing the two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. DermASAP proudly offers this popular and innovative surgical technique to patients in Plymouth, Quincy, and beyond.
Patients appreciate the Mohs surgical technique because the greatest amount of healthy tissue is spared while removing cancer cells. Cure rates for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are at least 98 percent; significantly higher rates than standard excision or any other treatment method.
Mohs micrographic surgery involves an eloquent surgical technique. Excised tissue layers and margins are examined under a microscope one layer at a time to determine the depth of the skin cancer roots. This allows the surgeon to remove all of the cancer cells while sparing as much normal tissue as possible. When the margins are cancer-free, the surgery concludes. If not, more tissue is removed from the margin where the cancer cells were found. This procedure is repeated until the margins of the final tissue sample are clear of cancer. After surgery, patients often feel a sense of relief because the cancer is removed; in addition to being pleased with the aesthetic results.
We understand that a skin cancer diagnosis can be scary. With advancements in medicine, to include the Mohs surgical technique, there is a significantly high cure rate. Many patients consider Mohs micrographic surgery to remove cancer that has been treated with other methods. We would be happy to talk with anyone about this surgical method and if it is the right treatment for him or her.