Different Skin Cancer Treatments

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
January 18, 2022
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: skin cancer  

If you need skin cancer treatments in Manalapan, NJ, you can trust Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter and their team. They are available to guide and treat you when dealing with a skin cancer diagnosis.

Types of Skin Cancer

Before we break down the different options for skin cancer, it is important to note that there are three types of skin cancer.

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Melanoma

The treatment approach will vary from person to person and diagnosis to diagnosis. Treatment is not always one-size-fits-all and needs to be tailored.

Treatment Types

There are eight main skin cancer treatment types available to Manalapan, NJ residents when dealing with skin cancer, and not every option is suitable for every kind of skin cancer.

Surgery

There are several surgical options, but it comes down to removing the tumor, whether by simple excision, Mohs micrographic surgery, or even laser surgery. The style of surgery depends on your cancer, your health history, and your surgeon’s informed opinion of the most effective option for treating the type of skin cancer you have.

Radiation

The use of high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells or prevent them from growing and spreading. A specialized radiation machine is used for this treatment.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses prescription medication to kill cancer cells or prevent them from replicating. Occasionally, these drugs may be a topical cream applied directly to the skin.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy uses light and a light-activated drug to treat cancer. The drug collects predominantly in the cancer cells, and because it is light sensitive, these cells are targeted and killed. The main benefit of this therapy is that it affects healthy cells very little.

Immunotherapy

This therapy boosts or redirects the body’s immune system using its natural defenses with substances from living organisms produced in the lab or by the body. It is biological therapy, and the treatment is given as a topical cream or by injection.

Targeted Therapy

The use of drugs in a directed attack against cancer cells, a therapy like this usually causes less harm to normal cells.

Chemical Peel

The main aim of this type of therapy for skin cancer is to treat the way the skin looks. It removes layers of the skin by dissolving them with a solution, allowing new skin to grow.

Drug Therapy

Using predominantly retinoids to treat skin cancer, which is normally topical creams.

Contact Us

If you are a Manalapan, NJ resident with questions about skin cancer treatments, then contact Dr. Silbret and Dr. Schechter and their team on (732) 303-1500 today to make an appointment.

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