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Skin Cancer Treatments

With skin cancer so common in the UK, and the incidence rate steadily increasing, it is important to know what skin cancer treatment is available near Chester.

Anca Breahna, a leading UK cosmetic surgeon whose practice specialises in skin cancer treatments explains the options and process. You can visit Anca’s skin surgery treatment page here.

Every skin cancer treatment is different

For skin cancer, there is no singular treatment that will be suitable for all – this in part because the broad term skin cancer covers a wider range of specific forms of the cancer.

Ignoring the very rare versions of skin cancer, which collectively account for just a few hundred cases per year, there are three types of skin cancer – Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell and Melanoma.

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Basal Cell Carcinoma is by far the most common, accounting for around 80% of cases, and also the least serious in that it typically remains a local, confined problem. At the other end of the spectrum, Melanoma is the least common of the three but the most serious, a version of cancer that needs attention as a matter of extreme urgency.

One key problem can of course be determining whether you have any changes to the skin that could be a sign of skin cancer and, if so, which of the three types. We covered this topic in a separate post this month (ADD LINK), but the summary would be that you should have any changes checked out – be that the appearance of a new mole, or changes to existing blemishes. If a mole has grown, is irregular in shape and is prone to bleeding and crusting attention should be sought as a priority.

Removing the cancerous cells

In most cases, it is possible to remove the growth, this is done by targeting those cells and also some healthy skin cells around the area, this known as “the margin”, ensuring all the cancerous cells in the region have been taken.

It is usually then possible to close the wound by simply stitching but in some cases the size of the wound it may be necessary for a skin graft or a local flap, which is moving skin from the vicinity. If one of these options was to be required it would be discussed and the process exam-lined during consultation.

The fact that most skin cancers are for small, local Basal Cell Carcinoma means that the treatment process is relatively straightforward in most cases, especially for a specialist Plastic Surgeon.

In Less Common Incidences

The process as described above might account for most cases, but there are still many thousands of more problematic skin cancer cases each year.

For these, the approach will vary, the cancer may have spread to a wider area, it might be in a more difficult position or it might have spread to other parts of the body as can be seen in melanoma. Clearly, this becomes a very different procedure to one just targeting a local skin problem.

Treatment would first depend on a thorough microscopic analysis of the lesion. The thinner the melanoma, the more favourable the chances of a positive outcome, this is why early detection is hugely beneficial.

Scans and blood tests may be required, with CT scans now favoured over chest X-rays. If there is concern that the melanoma has spread to the lymph nodes a sentinel lymph node biopsy may be needed, where a sample is sent away for investigation to see if the melanoma has spread to the nearby lymph nodes. If it has, the remaining lymph nodes in that area may be removed in follow-up surgery.

Chemotherapy and immunotherapy can also be potential treatment options, the latter growing in prevalence with more suitable, better drugs developed.

The Healing of the Wound

As previously stated, in most cases the wound can be stitched shut directly. A follow-up appointment would ensure the wound is healing as expected.

When the area is larger or direct closure is not an option, a different approach will be required – this can be via skin graft or a flap of skin from nearby area.

To list all these options here would be to get ahead of ourselves –  they are simply not necessary in the majority of cases. If such an option was required, the surgeon would detail the options and then an informed decision could be made and any questions answered.

However, if you do wish to see more detail on the closure options available to surgeons, please head to the BAPRAS – British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons – website.

It Starts With A Consultation

There is a huge amount of information online, but that can be both a blessing and a curse. You can find ways to potentially check for skin cancer, you can see the whole range of treatment options, but you cannot actually know which one is suitable for you.

In searching for skin cancer treatments, you will see treatments for advanced melanoma, and yet these will account for only a small percentage of cases, far more common will be Basal Cell Carcinoma.

We point this out not to promote inaction, quite the opposite in fact. We point this out because you cannot actually achieve particularly practical online, you can gain some information but you cannot self-diagnose or determine the best treatment option.

Anyone with concerns that changes to their skin might signify some form of skin cancer should arrange for a check. This could be with your GP, equally a cosmetic surgeon with specialist knowledge in this field can perform the task.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Anca Breahna, a leading UK surgeon who specialises in skin cancer at her NHS practice, please call 7538 012918 or email at info@ancabreahna.com

 

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

Anca Breahna - Female Plastic Surgeon in Chester UK

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
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Get a Medical Referral before your consultation at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

  • A Referral from your Doctor is not essential, however it is recommended to have one

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is usually available on-site
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

  • You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

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Call Claire or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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