are several methods of treating skin cancer, all highly
successful in the majority of patients.
Mohs micrographic surgery, these methods include excision
(surgical removal) and immediate closure (suturing or
sewing), curettage and electrodesiccation (scraping
with a curette and burning with an electric needle),
radiotherapy (x-ray), cryosurgery (freezing), topical
chemotherapy (chemical destruction) and injectable chemotherapy.
Which method we use depends on several factors, such
as the location of the cancer, its size, and previous
patients ask about laser treatment of skin cancers.
Laser treatment is simply another method to burn off
skin cancer similar to electrodesiccation mentioned
for Mohs micrographic surgery, all other methods of
skin cancer treatment require guessing how wide and
deep to treat. In Mohs micrographic surgery, removed
tissue is examined under the microscope and the tumor
is mapped so that guessing the extent of the tumor is
following chart lists the points for and against the
different skin cancer treatment methods.