Although non-surgical options, such as photodynamic therapy and imiquimod cream, are suitable for some skin cancers, surgery is still the preferred option for many cancers.
Our dermatologists are experts in the diagnosis of skin cancers, and in guiding you to the best choice of treatment for you and your lesion. They are also highly experienced in performing skin cancer surgery, and minimizing the functional and cosmetic impact of excision scars (which always result from surgery). We can also offer specialist post-operative management, including lasers, and other treatments, to further reduce the appearance of scars.
Our dermatologists can provide a comprehensive service for skin cancer management. They also work collaboratively with other specialists involved in skin cancer management, and will naturally happily refer to other specialist at your preference
Reasons why surgery might be preferred
Type of skin cancer
All melanoma, almost all squamous cell carcinoma and higher risk basal cell carcinoma (morpheic, sclerosing, recurrent) are unsuitable for non-surgical treatments, and almost always require excision.
Highest cure rate
Excision has a higher cure rate than non-surgical treatments. Even when non-surgical options are suitable for certain lower risk skin cancers, many people still prefer the treatment with the highest cure rate, even with the scar and possible complications associated with surgery.
Most surgery can be done in a single appointment, with external stitches (if needed) removed 5-14 days later. Non-surgical treatments often require multiple appointments.
Excision is usually better reimbursed by Medicare, and the out-of-pocket cost is usually less.