Understanding Skin Lesion and Tumor Removal Procedures
For patients with abnormal growths on their skin, Dr. Sofonio is capable of removing skin lesions and tumors of all shapes and sizes. When detected early, skin tumors are curable and removable, causing minimal damage and discomfort to the patient. Sometimes a biopsy is necessary to determine whether or not a skin lesion or tumor is cancerous or precancerous. This will help determine the recommended course of treatment. Sometimes a diagnosis of skin cancer is difficult to accept. Dr. Sofonio understands your concerns about scarring or disfigurement and will help guide you through the process, so that you make the best decisions for you and your health.
* Please Note: Individual results may vary.
Skin Lesion Removal
Many patients have skin lesions removed because they’re inconvenient or uncomfortable, while others need to have them removed because they could be cancerous or precancerous. Most skin lesion removal procedures can be completed on an outpatient basis during a single routine visit while the patient is awake. Of course, this will depend largely on the size and type of lesion involved. Dr. Sofonio removes skin lesions in a variety of non-invasive ways, including excisions and laser surgeries.
During a biopsy, Dr. Sofonio will cut out and remove a small part of your skin lesion to take a skin sample. Closer analysis of this sample will determine whether or not the lesion is cancerous. An excision involves cutting out and removing the entire lesion and sometimes even the area immediately around it. Many of these procedures take less than an hour, and many patients are able to resume normal activities either the same day or the day following their procedure.
Skin Tumor Removal
If your biopsy has revealed a skin cancer diagnosis, you’re at a higher risk of developing further skin cancers the longer you do nothing to remove your tumor or cancerous cells. Similar to skin lesion removal procedures, skin tumor removal procedures may be performed in various ways ranging from excisions to surgery. Depending on your skin tumor’s size and location, sometimes a combination of treatments may be necessary.
If Dr. Sofonio feels your tumor cannot be safely removed using his specialized techniques, a referral to a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists may be recommended. However, if you do require a skin tumor procedure at our office, you can rest assured that every effort will be taken to reduce your chances of scarring or disfigurement after surgery. Please contact us today with any questions or concerns you may have regarding our skin tumor removal procedures in Rancho Mirage.
Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT)
Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT), a low energy radiotherapy that penetrates only a short distance below the surface of the skin, is a highly effective, painless, and cosmetically attractive alternative to surgery in selected cancers and patient populations. The SRT-100™ is the new and most advanced choice for superficial radiotherapy available today, is painless, and very similar to having an x-ray.
Read more about radiation for non-melanoma skin cancer.