Skin Cancer Treatment in Kentucky
Serving Patients with Skin Cancer in Louisville & Lexington KY
Every year millions of people are diagnosed with skin cancers. There are three main types of skin cancer, which are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Essentially, skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It typically develops from exposure to the sun, but it can also occur in areas of your body that are not generally exposed to sunlight.
Skin cancers are actually a very common form of cancer, but the diagnosis can still be anxiety-producing. People with this diagnosis rightfully worry about treatment and their prognosis.
The good news is that fortunately, cures are very common for skin cancer, especially if the cancer is caught early.
Avoiding Skin Cancer
The best way to prevent skin cancer is by avoiding or limiting your exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, using sunscreen liberally when outdoors, and by carefully checking your skin for changes.
Diagnosing Skin Cancer
Skin monitoring by a dermatologist, or your primary care physician is key. If skin cancer appears, the best chance for successful treatment is early detection of the cancer.
To properly diagnose skin cancer, your doctor may look at your skin to visually determine any skin changes that may be cancerous. Then he may require further testing to confirm. Further testing can include removing a sample of the skin that looks different. This is called a skin biopsy. The biopsy will be sent to a lab for further testing and evaluation. The biopsy of your skin is what will determine if you have skin cancer or not, and if you do, what type of skin cancer it is.
Skin Cancer Diagnosis
If you are suffering from skin cancer, there is hope.
The first key is to figure out the extent of the skin cancer, and we may request additional tests if needed to figure out the stage of the skin cancer. Typically, superficial skin cancers don’t spread. This type is often called basal cell carcinoma. However, a large type of cancer called a squamous cell carcinoma or Merkel cell carcinoma or melanoma has an increased potential to spread. Sometimes we will ask for imaging tests of your lymph nodes as well.
When talking about cancer doctors use Roman numerals. They will use I through IV to name the stage that the cancer is in, with stage I cancers being small and limited to the area they began in. Knowing the stage the cancer is in will help determine how to best treat it.
How Dr. Gerstle can help with skin cancer
While some patients come to Dr. Gerstle after the cancer is already removed, others come to Dr. Gerstle for the lesion removal itself.
There is a surgery called excisional surgery which is often an appropriate type of treatment for skin cancer. During this surgery the doctor will cut out, or excise, the tissue that is cancerous and some of the healthy tissue around the cancerous tissue as well. This process helps to ensure all the cancer is taken out.
If the cancer has already been removed, Dr. Gerstle can help reconstruct the affected area. If the lesion needs to be removed by Dr. Gerstle himself, when he does this removal, he can then immediately or in stages perform the reconstruction that’s needed.
Depending on the size, stage and severity of the cancer, Dr. Gerstle may perform the reconstruction primarily (i.e., close the incision by putting two sides of the incision together), or he may need to take tissue from another area and place it over the defect to obtain a more natural result.
If you suffer from skin cancer, please call Dr. Gerstle at (859) 279-2111 or fill out a consultation request. He would love to go over your options with you and to help ease your mind.
Skin Cancer Financing
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