Whilst surgical excision is still the most common treatment for the removal of skin cancers, a number of less-invasive treatments are now available. At Newcastle Skin Check, we provide a range of effective non-surgical treatments to help combat certain types of skin cancer which can be prescribed or carried out by our fully qualified healthcare professionals.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that involves the use of a light-sensitive medication and a light source to destroy abnormal cells. On their own, the medication and light source are harmless, but when the medication is exposed to the light, it activates and causes a reaction that damages nearby cells. This allows small abnormal areas of tissue to be treated without the need for surgery. PDT is ideal to treat parts of the body where a light source can easily reach including the face, scalp, hands, feet, chest or the entire body.
Conditions treated with PDT include:
– dry scaly patches of skin caused by damage from years of sun exposure that could become cancerous if not treated
Cryotherapy uses cold treatment to treat a variety of skin lesions. It is sometimes used for non-melanoma skin cancers in their early stages. Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the cancer, and this causes the area to scab over. After about a month, the scab containing the cancer will fall off your skin, possibly leaving a small white scar on your skin.
Topical cream therapy
We are licensed to prescribe topical creams to patients suffering from specific forms of skin lesions. A gel, cream or solution is rubbed onto the affected area as directed by your healthcare professional, stimulating the immune system to attack the cancerous cells. Topical cream application can be effective as a stand-alone treatment or when combined with another form of therapy, depending on the type and severity of the lesion.
For more information on our non-surgical treatments, call us on 02 4032 8700