Early detection key to treating skin cancer

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the world.

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the two most common forms of skin cancer, and in most cases, can be effectively treated with surgery alone.

A procedure called Mohs surgery is often used to remove basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers, which conserves as much healthy tissue as possible while having a high degree of certainty that all of the cancer is removed.

While surgery is the gold standard for treating non-melanoma skin cancer, in certain cases, patients are not candidates for surgical removal.

Fortunately, radiation therapy has been shown to provide a similarly effective treatment outcome for these cases, with good localized control and improved cosmetic outcomes.

In recent years, there have been several advancements made in radiation treatment options for topical (surface) application.

Doctors can now tailor the applicator used to deliver the radiation to the patient, based on the size and condition of the skin cancer.

Like all forms of cancer, the earlier it’s detected and treated, the better the outcome. Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of dermatologists, cancer care specialists and other related healthcare providers dedicated to providing prevention education and the best possible treatment for skin cancer.

Physician Background:
Dr. Matthew Manning is a radiation oncologist and leading expert on treatment advancements at the Cone Health Cancer Center.

Manning is a 1996 graduate of Medical College of Virginia, and completed his residency in radiation oncology at Medical College of Virginia Hospitals.