What do I do about my recurring Basal Cell Carcinoma (ulcer) that is on the side of my nose near the tip?
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Recurrent skin cancers
Basal cell carcinoma on the nose
Make sure you find a dermatologic surgeon who is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Not all skin cancer surgeons are created equal, and by finding someone who is a member of the ACMS you are ensuring that you have one of the most elite and most highly trained dermatologists you can find. Do not be fooled by the American Society of Mohs Surgery, this is not the same thing and does not require additional fellowship training like the ACMS.
Oculoplastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons or plastic surgeons can also sometimes be involved in the reconstruction, but is your dermatologic surgeon who plays the main role in getting rid of your tumor with the highest cure rate, and in general a dermatologic surgeons is going to do more of these skin cancer reconstructions than anybody else and tend to be your best bet for reconstruction.
Your dermatologic surgeon will also discuss other treatment options with you, some of which may be nonsurgical, but none of which have the same cure rate that Mohs surgery does.
Thank you for your question.
This can be a scary thing. Often basal cell carcinoma of the nasal region can only show the tip of the iceberg so to speak.
Without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of any treatments it is difficult to be comprehensive.
I recommend you find a mohs surgeon with a great relationship with a facial plastic surgeon such as myself who can guide you in what is most likely to be a complex repair based on what you describe and in the setting of recurrence.
There are several qualified individuals in Ann Arbor.
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