Dermatologists located in Shrewsbury, MA
Many people develop skin cancer in their lifetimes. It is by far the most curable form of cancer though early detection is important for a positive outcome. Skin cancers often vary in appearance from person to person, making them difficult to identify to the untrained eye. Dr. Alissa Lamoureux, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, at Skin Dermatology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, is highly trained in the diagnosis and in the surgical management of skin conditions. As a specialist of the skin, she possesses unique surgical expertise and is always vigilant regarding how a surgical procedure can affect skin healing and appearance.
Skin Cancer Removal Q&A
What is Skin Cancer Removal?
Surgery is a common treatment for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. Different surgical techniques can be used. The options depend on the type of skin cancer, how large the cancer is, where it is on the body, and other factors. Most often the surgery can be performed by Dr. Lamoureux at our office in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
When is the right time to talk to Dr. Lamoureux about my Skin Cancer Removal?
Because skin cancer varies so widely in appearance, it is impossible to self-diagnose yourself. However, you can monitor your skin and moles for changes that warrant a visit to Dr. Lamoureux. Examples include lesions or moles that are changing in size, shape and color or those that are bleeding or itching. Dr. Lamoureux may remove suspicious moles altogether or otherwise conduct a biopsy to determine whether a malignancy is present.
How do you treat Skin Cancer Removal?
If skin cancer is found, treatment will be recommended according to the type of cancer you have and its stage. Once you and Dr. Lamoureux develop a treatment plan that best addresses your condition and treatment goals, she will help you schedule an appointment at Skin Dermatology or with the appropriate specialist. Cure, cosmesis and great clinical outcomes are our main concern in treating you.
What types of skin cancers do you treat?
The common skin cancers that we treat are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell is the most common skin cancer and is yet it is responsible for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Dr. Lamoureux will excise a melanoma and depending on its stage of progression, may refer you for chemotherapy, radiation, or lymph node removal.