1) First step in a treatment for basal cell carcinoma/skin cancer is a preliminary investigation.
We offer a consultation with a review of all of your skin and an examination of all skin changes with a dermatoscope. As needed, tissue samples can be taken, with a results within 1-4 days.
The patient comes either with a diagnosis from their own doctor or a dermatologist. There will typically be results of a biopsy, which shows the existence of basal cell carcinoma/skin cancer. Alternatively, the patient will come in to Hudkræftklinikken.dk for a general examination/check for skin cancer. We take a biopsy ourselves and provide results. The patient is informed afterwards whether:
- there is a case of skin cancer,
- what the possibilities are for treatment,
- Mohs surgery (verbally and in writing)
2) The second step is the actual operation.
It starts with a brief investigation and an introduction to the course of care with the doctor. Local anesthesia is given for the area that shall be operated on, after which the visible skin cancer is removed. The wound is bandaged and you can now go back to the waiting room, while the doctor investigates the removed tissue with a microscope. If it is found that there is skin cancer in the surrounding tissue, more tissues shall be removed. The tissue which is removed is also investigated with a microscope, and this process continues until skin cancer is no longer found in the surrounding tissue.
When the skin cancer cells have been removed completely, the wound in the skin is closed with plastic surgery technology. The doctor/doctors, in consultation with you, select the method that offers your skin the best possibility for healing.
3) Third step is post treatment.
You will be contacted the day after the operation to hear whether everything went as planned, and the sutures in the wound will be removed 7-10 days after the operation. In addition, you will be called in for a check 3 months and 1 year after the operation.