Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment in Seattle, WA
I recently saw Dr Schmidt for 6 month check back for a MOHS procedure on my chin/jaw. His office staff was courteous and I saw the doctor at the appointed time. Dr Schmidt listened to me, examined me, and gave me the information I needed. He made himself open for any future needs. Perfect. – JOHN E. N.
Basal cell carcinoma is a serious condition, and should be treated as such. At North Sound Dermatology, we offer cutting-edge procedures to treat our patients as effectively as possible. We offer basal cell carcinoma treatments for patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, residing in the deepest layer of the epidermis. It is typically caused by overexposure to UVB radiation, resulting in slow-growing tumors. Basal cell cancer is most often found on the face and neck, where the sun exposure is the highest. A biopsy is required to diagnose it.
How is Basal Cell Carcinoma Treated?
Basal cell cancer can be treated in a number of different ways; the location and severity of the basal cell carcinomas will determine which method is best.
- Cryosurgery – Some basal cell carcinomas respond to this method, which involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze off the tumor.
- Curettage and Desiccation – This treatment involves using a small metal tool to scrape out the tumor in combination with the application of an electric current into the tissue to kill any remaining cancerous cells.
- Mohs Micrographic Surgery – This method is ideal for large tumors. It is particularly effective because it removes less non-cancerous skin than other methods, leaving less damage on the body.
- Radiation Therapy – Radiation may be used for tumors that are either difficult to access or persistent.
- Surgical Excision – This involves the surgical removal of the tumor, which is stitched up afterwards.
What is Recovery Like?
Recovery will largely depend on the type of treatment used and the severity of the basal cell cancer. Ask your doctor if you are concerned about the effects of treatment.
Skin cancer can be prevented with good habits and detected early with regular screenings. You should be screened at least once a year to ensure early detection. Contact us today to schedule a screening or a consultation. North Sound Dermatology provides specialized care to patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas. Learn more about our insurance policy.