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Is It Appropriate for a Regular Family Physician (Not a Surgeon) to Perform Surgery on Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Is It Appropriate for a Regular Family Physician (Not a Surgeon) to Perform Surgery on Basal Cell Carcinoma?

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Certainly, there are many types of physicians whom are trained in surgery and would be capable of removing skin cancers. The technical removal (the actual surgery) is not difficult in most cases. There are of course circumstances where more expertise is required, including, but not limited to:

  • tumors on the eyelid, nose, ear, or eyelid
  • large tumors
  • tumors where cosmesis is important
  • tumors on the genitals, fingers, or toes
  • deeply infiltrating tumors

Not all basal cell carcinomas are the same. There are different histologic subtypes of basal cell carcinoma (which would often be on the pathology report). Most non-Dermatologists do not understand these differences, which could have a significant impact on the recurrence rate or the ability to remove the tumor completely with an excision.


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