Basal Cel Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is a superficially growing skin cancer. It grows very slowly and normally does not spread via lymphatic or blood vessels. It is the most common form of skin cancer and usually appears in elderly patients (95% of BCC is affecting patients older than 40 years). BCC is easy to treat in most of the cases. Sometimes more than one BCC is occurring during life time and regular skin checks are recommended.

Treatment

Excision = cutting away

Treatment of a skin cancer generally consists of cutting out the affected skin under local anesthesia. During the procedure, small blood vessels will be closed and then the skin will be sutured and provided with adhesive plasters. The treatment takes half an hour. The excised tissue is then marked and checked under the microscope to ensure that the skin cancer has been completely removed.

MOHS technique

The MOHS technique is a way to cut skin cancer away, if it’s difficult to define with the naked eye or is in an anatomically difficult place.
The affected skin is locally anesthetized and the skin cancer visible to the naked eye, including a safety margin, is cut away. The tissue is examined under the microscope to see if the cancer cells have been completely removed. If this is not the case, but if nests of cancer cells are still seen under the microscope in certain places, the skin is cut exactly on the affected skin. The skin is spared where there is no longer any skin cancer. When all skin cancer has been removed, the skin is sutured and provided with adhesive plasters. After the treatment, we will keep you checked in the clinic. It is recommended that because of the anesthetic applied an accompanying person will take you home. You cannot drive a car yourself for the first few hours after the procedure.