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Posts for: November, 2015

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
November 19, 2015
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Skin Cancer  
Find out the many ways your Denver dermatologist can treat skin cancer effectively.

Have you been diagnosed with skin cancer? While this might seem like a scary time know that your Denver dermatologist Dr. James Maloney III, MD has the treatment options you’ve been looking for, and most of the time these skin cancer treatments can be performed Skin Cancerright here in our Denver office as an outpatient procedure. Find out which treatment is right for your condition:

Mohs Surgery

This surgery removes a very thin and precise layer of cancerous skin, examines the skin using a microscopic to check for cancerous cells and then continues to remove additional layers until there are no more cells present. While this surgery is more time-consuming than other treatment options the major benefit is that less healthy skin is removed during the procedure.

Surgical excision

During this procedure your Denver, CO dermatologist will use a scalpel to remove the full growth along with some normal skin surrounding it. After the growth is removed we will stitch up the skin and send the tissue to a lab to make sure that all cancer cells have been removed. In some cases, another excision may be necessary if there are still cells present.

Curettage and desiccation

This is often the most common treatment for those with small, superficial basal and squamous cell carcinomas. After the affected area has been scraped using either a scalpel or curette the area will be cauterized.


Your Denver skin doctor will destroy the tumor by spraying it with liquid nitrogen. Since cutting is not involved in this procedure anesthesia is usually not necessary. This procedure can be used multiple times in one session to increase the chances of removing all cancerous cells.

After treatment, the growth will crust over and fall off over the course of a couple weeks. This procedure is often recommended to patients who can’t tolerate anesthesia or have bleeding disorders.

Radiation therapy

This is another option that doesn’t require anesthesia or cutting. Instead, X-rays are emitted to destroy the tumor. While this procedure boasts high cure rates there are some concerns about exposure to radiation, so this treatment option is not as common. Radiation is usually recommended for tumors that are too hard to treat through surgery and for patients in poor health that should not have surgery.


There are some FDA-approved topical medications like 5-fluorouracil and imiquimod that that can be used to treat certain superficial skin cancers like basal cell carcinomas. Some of these medications are topical forms of chemotherapy that are used to destroy cancerous cells.

Worried about a suspicious growth? Need a skin cancer screening? Then turn to Cherry Creek Dermatology for all of your skincare needs. We are here for you!


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