Patient Comments: Skin Cancer - Treatments

Question:How was your skin cancer treated?

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Skin cancer treatment depends on the type of cancer (basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma), location (face, arms, legs, body), and extent of the cancer. Skin cancer treatment options include topical therapies, cryotherapy, surgery, and in some cases, chemotherapy and radiation. Advances in skin cancer treatment include research on vaccines, immunotherapy drugs, and genetic manipulation of melanomas. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

had a basal cell (small one) on the right side of my nose four years ago. I didn't know what it was; it started out looking like a blackhead and quickly popped, bled, healed over and broke open again. I finally went to a dermatologist who diagnosed it as basal cell. I had the Moh's and no problems up until this past October. I developed a pimple on the tip of my nose and it bled, so I went back to the dermatologist. Now he diagnosed squamous cell; he said it was not very deep. He cut it a week ago and I have to go back to him in another week. Be very careful in that sun.

Comment from: Norah, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had surgery to remove the skin cancer from the top of my nose. The surgeon used the skin of my forehead to graft over my nose. It was very successful. The healing process was slow, but fortunately, I had no scaring. However, I have some more skin cancer on my cheek.

Comment from: Skin cancar, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 18

I have a scar on my right cheek from a large mole removed when I was three years old. It was itchy and the bumpy red part bled when scratched. Turns out it was Basal Cell Carcinoma.

Comment from: Kelly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I just had squamous cell cancer removed from the front of my left leg. I usually got one bad sunburn each year as a child and for two summers managed a dark tan as an adult. I have been religious about sunscreen once I became a mother and was amazed that this spot was actually cancer. I have no family history and wasn't even concerned about the red mark I had above my left knee. It was only by chance I saw a dermatologist for an entirely different mole and mentioned my leg when she asked if there was anything else I may want her to examine. It was only the fact that the mark remained over a year that made me show her. Get everything checked. You never know for sure if you don't get things checked!

Comment from: Sharon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I had a carcinoma removed under my eye last November and have noticed I have another one on my neck. It's scary. I'm 43, and I have fair skin. Mine started out as a raised red lump. I'm off to the doctor to get it cut out again.

Comment from: Carrot top, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 15

Well, I had 6 basal cells burned off (frozen off) top of my hand. Now I have a bad skin infection, red, sore, and very itchy. I have been getting 3-10 burned off every six months. I have been going for over 5 years now, I am only 45 now. I am Scottish descent, red hair, freckles, and blue eyes. My largest basal cell under the skin on the back of my neck, resulted in 11 stitches. That was not pleasant to get done.

Comment from: skin cancer, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 09

I have a scar on my right cheek from a large mole removed when I was three years old. It was itchy and the bumpy red part bled when scratched. Turns out it was Basal Cell Carcinoma.

Comment from: kbooboo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I'm 50 years old and had my first skin cancer removed via MOHS surgery when I was only 32. Ive had MOHS surgery twice since then and have used Effudex on my face and am currently using on my back. I loved the sun and as a child had numerous sun burns with quarter size blisters. Our parents didn't know the effects the sun would have years later. Then as an adult, I was tanning bed goddess! They should be banned. So now I'm paying the price for wanting to look "healthy"....Take care of your skin.

Comment from: lforward, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I have had basal cell carcinoma and it was removes twice. Once by the curette and once by surgery due to where it was at. It was in the corner of my eye and had to be removed surgically.


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Skin Cancer - Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Question: What kinds of treatment have been effective for your squamous cell carcinoma?
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Skin Cancer - Mole Question: Have you ever had a mole that turned out to be a skin cancer?
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