Skin Cancer Treatments
(Also see Cancer / Treatments / Surgery)
Skin cancer surgery removes the cancer and some surrounding area. For melanoma, early diagnosis and definitive surgical removal of the tumor are important. Surgeons might also remove some lymph nodes. Patients may have sentinel lymph node biopsy, a procedure that evaluates nodes to see if the cancer has spread. This technique lessens the risk for lymphedema, a possible complication of node surgery.
Surgical procedures for non-melanoma skin cancers include Mohs micrographic surgery, which offers the highest cure rate of any treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer. Abington Memorial Hospital has three highly skilled Mohs surgeons on staff who perform this surgery on an outpatient basis in their offices.
Our advanced operating suites, outfitted with the most technologically up-to-date equipment, promote patient safety and best outcomes.
We focus on the human side of the surgical experience as well. In our patient-friendly operating rooms, nurses provide warm support within a calm and healing environment, known as the Sacred Space, that helps put patients at ease. Through soft music, scenic murals, dimmed lighting and our nurses’ gentle touch and dedicated attention, patients receive personal and comforting care.
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