Skin Cancer Surgery


What is skin cancer surgery?

Skin cancer surgery is one of the most effective and recommended treatments to cure this disease, each procedure varies according to the characteristics of each patient and type of cancer.

The procedure consists of removing the area of the skin that contains the cancer cells, taking into account the ideal technique according to the variables of the case, all in order to avoid the risk of the disease spreading.

When the mutated cells that generate the disease are eliminated, the problem is eliminated since they do not continue to transform other cells and in most cases it results as a definitive solution for patients.

Thanks to the advancement of science today there are a variety of options to treat the different types of skin tumors, we tell you more about it below.

Types of skin cancer surgery.

It is important to have the advice of a doctor specialized in skin cancer, determining the type of tumor and the stage of development is essential to make the treatment effective.

You can count on Dr. Diana Tejada at Dermamedica Panama.

Mohs surgery.

A surgical process that is also known as micrographic surgery and consists of the removal of thin layers of the affected skin, each layer is examined through microscopic images to know if there are cancer cells or not and in this way ensure how far the cancer has advanced.

It is an option that offers less aesthetic impact on the patient since the skin is removed in small layers and therefore more healthy skin around the tumor is saved.

It is applied in certain cases, rely on a specialist to determine the most effective path.

Wide tumor excision.

This is the name given to surgery that focuses on removing the tumor, during the process the specialist also focuses on covering adjacent healthy skin in order to ensure the arrest of the cancer.

When removing the tumour, the doctor is in charge of respecting an ideal margin, which is defined according to the characteristics of each tumour, this margin is healthy skin that ensures that the cancer cells do not advance and transform others.

The part to evaluate in this type of surgery is the aesthetic impact it will leave on the patient, after the process the surgeon performs a suture and due to the depth of the procedure it is likely that there will be a scar.


This procedure also removes the tumor with the help of an instrument and also applies a controlled electric shock to the surrounding skin to ensure that cancer cells will not spread after this process.

Lymph node dissection.

In most cases of a melanoma tumor, this treatment is recommended as there is a good chance that the cancer will spread to other areas of the body, with the first route being through nearby nodes.

If the doctor suspects the spread of the cancer, the first route to prevent its spread is by removing the lymph nodes through a surgical process.

How do I know if I should have skin cancer surgery?

Through biopsies and other imaging tests, such as CT scans, the dermatologist will be able to recognize the type of skin cancer you have and recommend viable treatment.

To know when and how to undergo skin cancer surgery, you should consult your condition with a dermatologist and discuss the treatment options that he or she will recommend according to the characteristics of your case, remember that each skin cancer is different as well as each treatment option.

In addition to surgery, is chemotherapy necessary?

Chemotherapy is an uncommon treatment for skin cancer, but it can be an option to help shrink tumors, but it is not a primary option.

On the other hand, the use of other therapies such as radiotherapy, medication recommendation and immunotherapy are options that have shown greater efficiency in the treatment of skin cancer.

As we have mentioned on several occasions, the strategies used to cure skin cancer depend on many factors. Consult a dermatologist.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Diana Tejada at Dermamedica.

Care After Skin Cancer Surgery?

The dermatologist will make the pertinent recommendations after the surgical process, however, as it is an outpatient surgery, the patient will be able to continue with their routine rhythm of life.

Care focuses on avoiding injury to the wound, keeping the area clean and dry to avoid infection, and strengthening the immune system with antibiotic drugs and pain relievers.

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