Options, Concerns and Risks
All of the treatments mentioned about, when chose carefully and appropriately, have good cure rates for most basal cell and squamous cell cancers - and ever for malignant melanoma, if it's caught very early, before it's had a chance to spread.
You should discuss these choices thoroughly with your doctor before beginning treatment.
- Find out which options are available to you
- How effective they're likely to be for you particular cancer
- The possible risks and side effects
- Who can be perform them
- And the aesthetic and functional results you can expect.
If you have any doubts about the outcome, get a second opinion from a plastic surgeon before you begin treatment.
One of the most important parts of your consultation is the discussion that you and your surgeon will have about the possible complications associated with your cancer-removal surgery.
By carefully following your doctor's instructions - both before and after your treatment - you can do your part to minimize some of the risk.