I have a .4cm X .3cm nodular basal cell on my nostril. Prior to path report, doctor was recommending MOHS. Now, having received path report, she is confident CND will be effective. I am confused, scared, and a big needlephobic!
CND Vs. MOHS For Nodular Basal Cell On Nostril?
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Doctor Answers 4
Mohs on the nose
The simple answer is that Mohs' offers the highest cure rate (over 99%). That being said, C & D (electrodesiccation) could be performed but the recurrence rate can be significantly higher. Mohs' is best, C&D is not nearly as good an option for most.
Mohs surgery vs. curretage
Mohs or any excisiono of skin cancer is designed to eliminate the cancer and minimize recurrence. Curretage can lead to a 50% recurrence. I do not suggest this to my patients since a single excision may cure the cancer whereas most people do not want to keep coming back to the dermatologist to have the cancer treated.
Mohs vs. Curettage and Electrodesiccation (C and D) for BCC on the Nose
There are many good indications for Mohs micrographic surgery. These include skin cancers with poorly defined clinical margins, skin cancers in locations at higher risk of recurrence or where you would like to preserve the greatest amount of healthy tissue (e.g. nose, eyelids, lips, etc), skin cancers with aggressive histology, recurrent skin cancers, etc. So Mohs would be a good option for a basal cell carcinoma on the nose, but nodular basal cell carcinomas tend to be relatively easily treated and C and D would likely cure this skin cancer. You might discuss the expected cosmetic result in this location... sometimes Mohs and closure heals better than C and D scars. Good luck.
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Basal Cell on the Nose
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common skin cancer. Also, the nose is the most common location for skin cancers. If your doctor has been in practice for five years or more, he or she should be able to walk you through the treatment with no problem at all. Make sure to mention the fact that you are "allergic to needles" and special measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate the ouch.
The cure rate for a small nodular basal cell is very high with any surgical method of treatment. Sometimes it just comes down to what your doctor is the most comfortable with.
Also regarding what it will look like afterwards, the nose heals better than any other location. The skin is rich in blood vessels and oil glands, both of which promote rapid and excellent healing.
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