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How is squamous cell carcinoma treated?

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Squamous cell carcinoma can usually be treated with minor surgery done in a doctor’s office or hospital clinic. Depending on its size and location, your doctor may choose to remove it by:

  • Cutting out the cancer spot and some healthy skin around it
  • Surgery using a small hand tool and an electronic needle to kill cancer cells
  • Mohs surgery
  • Lymph node surgery
  • Dermabrasion, or "sanding" the affected area of skin with a tool to make way for a new layer
  • Freezing of the spot using liquid nitrogen
  • Chemotherapy gel or cream applied to the skin
  • Targeted drug treatment

From: Squamous Cell Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

Duke University Medicine: “Types of skin cancer.”

National Cancer Institute.

John Hopkins Medicine.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

Duke University Medicine: “Types of skin cancer.”

National Cancer Institute.

John Hopkins Medicine.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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