Hopefully, three strikes and you’re out does not apply to skin cancer. As I left the dermatology clinic this AM following the removal of stitches for Melanoma skin cancer #1 and surgery for Melanoma #2 (this month), Dr. Walia said, I hope I see less of you in the future. I patted her on the back and said, I’ll see you in three months. Actually, I will be back next week to have the stitches removed from my neck where the doc excised Melanoma #2 from my neck.
While I was there, the nurse assistant caught up with me and relayed the results of biopsy #3. My sore toe is a Squamous-cell skin cancer. I’ve set up an appointment with the MOHS specialist, “Dr. Monty” to have it removed July 1.
From the MAYO clinic:
Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. Mohs surgery is also known as Mohs micrographic surgery.
The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible, while doing minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Mohs surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic.
Mohs surgery is an improvement to standard surgery (local excision), which involves removing the visible cancer and a small margin of healthy tissue all at once. Mohs surgery allows surgeons to verify that all cancer cells have been removed at the time of surgery. This increases the chance of a cure and reduces the need for additional treatments or additional surgery.