Finally, there is a non-invasive alternative to Mohs surgery that actually works in treating non-melanoma skin cancer.
For nearly 90 years, Mohs Surgery has been the procedure of choice for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Originally developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederick Mohs, it has been helpful in treating many kinds of skin cancer.
Mohs surgery, also known as chemosurgery, is a highly specialized microscopic procedure for the removal of skin cancer in which the affected lesion of skin is excised in its entirety utilizing frozen section histology. This procedure is designed to minimize the amount of tissue excised, leading to less scarring than other treatments. There are three surgical steps to Mohs surgery, including the surgical removal of the visible portion of skin cancer with excision or scraping, the surgical removal of a thin layer of tissue at the bed of the cancer, and examination of the excised tissue microscopically in order to trace out and locate any remaining areas of cancer.
First of all, despite the benefits of Mohs surgery, there are no procedures without some drawbacks. For example, Mohs surgery is very laborious and time-consuming, and it requires specialized training, support personnel, and equipment. Some patients may not be able to tolerate the length of the Mohs procedure and in some cases, healthy tissue may be compromised during surgery. And, patients undergoing this surgery may also experience scarring or infection.
Finally, this is where Sensus Healthcare’s line of SRT devices come in to play. These devices utilize superficial radiation therapy to attack non-melanoma skin cancer cells at the source without cutting the skin. Furthermore, there is no downtime and patients can return to their everyday lives right after treatment!
**Originally posted January 29, 2020. Updated April 10, 2020.
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