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Skin Cancer & Melanoma Treatment
Skin cancer occurs when the genetic material inside the cells changes, and in doing so, causes an alteration of how the cells behave. They increase in size and number, leading to the development of a tumour.
There are two main types of skin cancer, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and accounts for almost 3% of all newly diagnosed cancers each year. There are over 4,000 new cases of melanoma in men, and nearly 5,000 new cases in women a year. Melanoma (also known as malignant melanoma) is a cancer that develops from cells called melanocytes, which are found in the outer layer of our skin. Melanocytes produce melanin, a pigment that helps protect the deeper layers of our skin from the harmful effects of the sun. This pigment appears as a suntan, which is a sign of damaged skin and a possible skin cancer warning sign. Melanomas often start in moles, but they can also develop elsewhere on the skin. In rare cases, melanomas can occur in the eye, under the fingernails or in other parts of the body not usually exposed to the sun.
Those who have a higher risk of developing melanoma usually have one or more of the following factors: a history of childhood sunburn, prolonged exposure to UV rays, fair skin, outdoor-related work and hobbies, multiple atypical moles, previous history of skin cancer or melanoma, a family history of skin cancer or melanoma or a history of immunosuppression.
What Are the Results of Skin Cancer and Melanoma Treatment?
The skin cancer and melanoma treatment offered at the Cadogan Mole and Skin Cancer Clinic is a complex procedure and depends on each individual client’s case. Treatment is administered after identifying the nature of any skin cancer or potential for skin cancer, the site affected and the potential of the tumour to spread. Thorough screening, proper diagnosis and an expert opinion are therefore essential to ensure that the most effective treatment is prescribed.
When they come in for skin cancer and melanoma treatment, London based patients of Cadogan will be recommended one of the following procedures.
Topical – this therapy has proven effective for some less aggressive skin cancers, especially those occurring on low-risk skin areas such as the trunk and limbs.
Cryotherapy – this includes the freezing of cancer cells with the help of liquid nitrogen. Cryotherapy is also most effective with some less aggressive skin cancers.
Mohs’ Micrographic Surgery – this therapy involves a comprehensive examination of the tumor under a microscope at the same time that the surgery takes place, making sure that the tumour is removed completely before the wound is closed.
Photodynamic Therapy – a topical cream is applied at the cancerous lesion, and is then activated with the help of red light. A series of chemical reactions take place, killing the tumour, but keeping intact the healthy cells around it.
Surgery – this type of skin cancer and melanoma treatment is more invasive and is employed when the tumour occurs on a high-risk area of your body. During the procedure, a specialist surgically removes the tumour and a small area of the normal looking skin that surrounds it.
Radiotherapy – this procedure is considered for recurring tumours or for tumours that are difficult to operate on. It involves a course of outpatient appointments in a hospital where radiotherapy is available.
Why Choose the Cadogan Clinic for Your Skin Cancer and Melanoma Treatment
The Cadogan Clinic offers the most comprehensive skin cancer and melanoma treatment London has. We work with the top professionals in the field, who have been carefully selected by our Medical Advisory Committee. We want to make sure that you receive not only quality care, but also the individual attention that you deserve. Our simplified admissions and discharge policies are also designed with the patient’s comfort in mind, so that you have a pleasant experience – from the moment you walk into our clinic until the moment you leave.
Skin cancer is a serious condition, which can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. At the Cadogan Clinic, we work to alleviate your emotional discomfort. We have on-site histopathology laboratory, which boasts the revolutionary approach of an all-in-one skin cancer screening. This means a client with a suspicious skin legion can visit the Cadogan Clinic and undergo a biopsy or excision, receiving the pathology result and appropriate expert advice all in one day. Timely and accurate diagnosis is at the root of the successful outcome of your treatment.
We also enable patients to go home as soon as they are ready, so that they can heal in the company of friends and family. This allows for a speedier recovery, and the patient can return back to their normal daily routine a lot faster.