I was diagnosed with a basal cell cancer 1/3 the way on line between corner of nose and mouth. I chose MOHs by dermatologist specialist followed by plastic surgeon to sew it up. Is this the best way to go? If not, what is recommended. It is about 3-4 mm.
I was diagnosed with a basal cell cancer 1/3 the way on line between corner of nose and mouth?
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Approach to BCC
Basal cell cancer on the face is well-managed by Mohs surgery which gives the highest long-term cure rate available. Following Mohs surgery, the "reconstruction" of the skin may be done by either the Mohs surgeon who may have extensive training and experience with this or also by a separate plastic surgeon.
Depending on patient preference after discussion with the Mohs surgeon, either approach is very reasonable.
How to treat a BCC - Mohs?
Yes, good choice. Many Mohs surgeons also have experience doing their own closures, though it does depend on what type of training and certifications they have. Personally, I do my own closures, but you can always elect to have a plastic surgeon do the closure separately if that's something you and your Mohs surgeon think is best.
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Mohs surgery is the gold standard to treat facial skin cancers
yes Mohs surgery is the best way to treat your skin cancer. If you see a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon who is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery then you know your doctor had formal training in the technique. Also ACMS members have formal training in reconstruction of skin cancer defects and perform more reconstruction on the face for skin cancer than any other specialty.
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Basal Cell Cancer
Either a Mohs Micrographic Surgeon or a Plastic Surgeon is the correct choice; both kinds of doctors are trained to repair the defects made with this type of excisional surgery.
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