Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, you can count on the Skin Cancer Center of Goodman Dermatology for convenient and effective care. We offer treatment to patients through our locations in Roswell, Marietta / East Cobb, Woodstock and Dawsonville, GA.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is a rather common type of skin cancer, which as the name suggests, affects the skin’s basal cells. The basal cells are responsible for producing new skin cells when old skin cells die. Once they become affected by cancer, this process will not happen correctly. As a result, lumps and scaly patches of skin can begin to develop in the affected areas. Basal cell carcinoma typically develops in areas that are commonly exposed to sunlight, such as the face, neck and arms. Although it is incredibly common, basal cell carcinoma is still very serious and should be treated as soon as possible. Fortunately, when detected early, there are multiple treatment options and it is quite easy to treat.
How Much Does Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost?
The cost of your basal cell carcinoma treatment will vary depending on the extent of treatment necessary, and may be covered by insurance. At Goodman Dermatology, we understand that each patient is entirely unique. With different skin types and treatment needs, each patient deserves a personalized treatment that is designed with them in mind. For these reasons, we are not able to provide an exact cost for treatment until we have the opportunity to assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.
During your consultation, we will discuss your needs in order to determine this treatment plan and inform you of the cost of your basal cell carcinoma treatment. To make our treatments more affordable for our patients, we are proud to offer financing options through CareCredit®.
What is the Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Like?
The Skin Cancer Center of Goodman Dermatology specializes in a range of skin cancer treatments. For basal cell carcinoma, we offer superficial radiotherapy, surgical excision and Mohs surgery. As mentioned above, the treatment that is best for you will depend on a variety of factors, and will be determined during your initial consultation.
In any case, the goal of basal cell carcinoma treatment is to remove the cancerous growth from the body to prevent it from spreading. For minor cases, this can be achieved with superficial radiotherapy, which uses x-ray energy to comfortably kill cancer cells. This treatment is completely non-invasive, and therefore a popular treatment option. For more serious cases, surgical techniques are usually required, but anesthetics will always be used for your comfort and safety.
Are There Any Side Effects After Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The side effects from your basal cell carcinoma treatment will depend on the treatment technique used. Superficial radiotherapy often only causes brief, minor side effects, which can include skin sensitivity and redness. For surgical techniques, patients may experience scarring, swelling, bruising or sensitivity in the treatment area. However, most side effects resolve within a few weeks of treatment.
Is There Any Downtime Required After Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The downtime from basal cell carcinoma treatment is usually minimal, as you will be able to return to most activities immediately after treatment. However, you will need to take special care of the treatment area, which may require adjusting lifestyle habits such as bathing and exercise.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect After Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The goal of basal cell carcinoma treatment is to eliminate skin cancer from the affected area. The success rate of this treatment will depend on your initial condition, but when treatment is started early, it is typically quite high. For some patients, multiple treatments may be necessary. During your consultation, we will discuss all of these factors so you know what to expect going into treatment.
If you are seeking basal cell carcinoma treatment in Jasper, Canton, Johns Creek or the surrounding areas of North Atlanta, contact us today. We’ll help you schedule your consultation at Goodman Dermatology so you can begin your treatment at our Skin Cancer Center.