My Blog

Posts for tag: skin cancer

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.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
July 24, 2020
Category: Skin Treatment

Skin cancer has become so common millions of Americans are likely to develop it. Increasing in frequency with age and exposure to the UVB rays of the sun, skin cancer can be treated successfully. At the office of Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan NJ, skin cancer treatments are state of the art and effective. Learn more about Skin Cancer Treatments Manalapan here.

Common skin cancer types and their treatments

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) the most common kind of cancer in the US, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Affecting the epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin, basal cell carcinoma looks raised, red or pink and even pearl-like in tone. Bumps may be crusty and oozy, elaborate experts at the AAD.

To treat confirmed BCC, Dr. Schechter or Dr. Silbret may recommend topical medications, freezing (cryosurgery), desiccation, and curettage (a scraping and application of electrical current), radiation or simple surgical excision with a scalpel. The dermatologists also use innovative MOHS surgery to remove thin slices of the tumor, analyzing each until non-cancerous tissue is reached.

Basal cell carcinoma features a high cure rate, but early detection and intervention are critical. While BCC does not spread to major body organs, it can seriously impact the quality of life, tissue integrity, and overall longevity when lesions become large and locally invasive.

Squamous cell carcinoma also harms the epidermis and often begins as actinic keratoses, scaly lesions on the scalp, neck, and arms. Like BCC, squamous cell carcinoma rarely metastasizes, but it can destroy large areas of tissue where it resides. Treatment options are similar to those for basal cell carcinoma.

Finally, everyone should know about malignant melanoma as it is the most dangerous skin cancer. Although not as common as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, malignant melanoma is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly in young adults who overindulge in sun exposure.

The lesions affect the pigment-producing cells in the bottom of the epidermis. Often, cancer begins in existing moles or resembles them. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends monthly inspection of existing moles for changes in size, shape, color, and texture and in-office exams yearly with your skin doctor.

In Manalapan, NJ, and across the country, skin cancer treatment for melanoma depends on staging, or how advanced the cancer is. Surgical excision, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination to treat and cure this deadly malignancy.

Let us partner with you

Surviving skin cancer takes vigilance on the part of patients and your skincare team in Manalapan NJ. For the latest information on skin cancer--treatments, recognition, and prevention--contact Dr. Lisa Silbret or Dr. Alan Schechter for an informative consultation: (732) 303-1500.

By Lisa Silbret M.D.
May 03, 2018
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: skin cancer  

Skin cancer affects one in five adults and is the most common type of cancer among adults in the United States. Early detection of skin skin cancercancer increases the odds of successfully treating the cancer. Having your skin regularly checked by a dermatologist to examine for the development of new suspicious moles or unusual changes in the shape and color of existing ones is an effective method for early detection of skin cancer. Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter are your dermatologists for early detection of skin cancer, as well as skin cancer treatments in Manalapan, NJ.

Types of Skin Cancer

There are several types of skin cancer, but basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common. Years of chronic sun exposure can damage the skin and lead to the development of either type of carcinoma. A third type of skin cancer known as melanoma is the least common, but most deadly. Melanoma is the leading cause of skin cancer related deaths among adults in the United States. It is responsible for more deaths than any other type of skin cancer. 

Skin Cancer Treatments in Manalapan

There are several methods for treating skin cancer. The treatment method used depends on the type of skin cancer, as well as its stage of development. After diagnosing your specific type of skin cancer, your dermatologist will recommend the appropriate treatment.

Early detection of any type of skin cancer offers the best chances for successfully treating the cancer, as well as stopping it from spreading. Several skin cancer treatments are available in Manalapan, NJ. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Silbret or Dr. Schechter, your dermatologists for the treatment of skin cancer, call the office at (732) 303-1500.