Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment

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What is

Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that originates in the squamous cells of the skin’s epidermis. SCC is a condition that affects many individuals, often due to prolonged sun exposure and often appears as a firm, red bump or scaly patch on the skin and can develop from prolonged sun exposure or other factors. Treatment for SCC typically involves the surgical removal of the cancerous tissue.

In cases where the cancer has spread or is more advanced, additional treatments such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy may also be recommended. Early detection and prompt treatment are crucial for successful management of SCC.

Our practice is conveniently located to serve squamous cell carcinoma treatment patients in Rutherford, Verona, Bergen, and Essex Counties.

What causes Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Skin cancer is most commonly caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, whether it be from sunlight, tanning beds, and tanning lamps. Squamous cell carcinomas can be anywhere on the skin, especially in people who sunburn easily. While typically found on areas of skin that have had a lot of sun (i.e. the backs of the hands, the ears or the lips), however, there are instances where people with black or brown skin (darker pigmentation), that squamous cell carcinomas can be found where the skin isn’t exposed to sun, such as the genitals, which then suggest other factors are involved, which could lead to a weakened immune system.

What are common Squamous Cell Carcinoma treatments?

As with most cancer treatments, the first and foremost solution is surgical excision. Other treatments could include:

  • Mohs surgery: Performed in stages, Mohs surgery involves removing the visible tumor and a very small margin of tissue around and beneath the tumor site. This “clean” tissue is then examined under a microscope to see if there are any remaining cancerous cells. If so, the surgeon will remove more tissue from the area where the cancer cells are.
  • Electrosurgery: Curettage and electrodesiccation (C & E) requires scraping or shaving off the squamous cell carcinoma with a sharp instrument called a curett. This procedure can be repeated several times during the same session to ensure there are no remaining cancerous cells.
  • Radiation: By using low-energy X-ray beams, the surgeon is able to destroy tumors without having to make an incision or use anesthesia. This approach does require multiple treatments over a specified period of time.
  • Topical medications: Creams and gels can be directly applied to the skin affected by SCC with minimal risk of scarring. Depending on the type of medication you use, it can either improve your immune system or penetrate the deeper layers of your skin to attack any cancerous and precancerous cells.
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment recovery

Recovery from squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) treatment varies depending on the chosen method. After surgical excision, patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and scarring, which are temporary and improve over time. Radiation therapy may lead to skin redness or irritation in the treated area, with side effects subsiding within weeks. Topical medications may cause skin changes at the application site.

Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor progress and address your questions and concerns. Patients are advised to protect their skin from sun exposure and adopt a diligent skincare routine to aid in the healing process and reduce the risk of recurrence.

Why choose us?

Why choose
Geria Dermatology?

Our founder, Aanand N. Geria, MD FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Geria is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), New Jersey Dermatological Society (DSNJ), and Skin of Color Society., and has frequently made the Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” list since 2018.

Our Dermatologists and talented team of clinicians have undergone extensive training and developed the necessary skills to treat patients of all backgrounds. Our goal is to exceed our patients’ expectations while establishing ourselves as the premier squamous cell carcinoma treatment practice in the New Jersey area.

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Dedicated To Exceptional Services

To begin your journey toward effective squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) treatment at Geria Dermatology, scheduling a consultation is the first step. During this consultation, our expert team, led by Dr. Geria, will evaluate your specific case, perform necessary diagnostics, and discuss a personalized treatment plan to suit your individual needs.

Our patient-centered approach ensures that you receive the highest level of care and support throughout your SCC treatment journey. To schedule your consultation, you can easily reach out to the office by phone or through our website.

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