Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment
If you are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a slow-growing form of non-melanoma skin cancer, you will have plenty of chances to talk to your dermatologist about your condition. You will also have an opportunity to discuss your options for basal cell carcinoma treatment with your dermatologist and other members of your care team. These could include a plastic surgeon, who can help minimise the scarring if you have surgery, and an oncologist, who can provide chemotherapy or radiotherapy. You will all work together to come up with the best BCC treatment plan for you.
Understanding Your Options
Your doctors can help you to understand all of the options for basal cell carcinoma treatment. These might include surgery, radiotherapy, cryotherapy, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, or a topical treatment known as imiquimod. Your doctors can explain how each of these treatments work and what risks and benefits you need to consider.
Making the Right Choice
Your doctors will recommend the basal cell carcinoma treatment that they think is most suitable for you, but you will also get to have your own say in the treatment plan. Your doctor’s recommendation will be based upon the size of the BCC and whether it has spread at all, but it will also be influenced by your general health. If you have any underlying health problems, they might make some of the treatment options too risky for you. It is important to listen to this advice, but you should also voice any concerns that you have and let your doctors know if you have any preferences. Common concerns include the risk of scarring with surgical removal and worries about the potential side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Your doctor can help you to balance these risks against the potential benefits of each treatment so that you can choose the right option together.