Squamous Cell Carinoma Treatment
If you are seeking squamous cell carcinoma treatment, Goodman Dermatology can help with effective treatment options at our Skin Cancer Center. With locations in Roswell, Marietta / East Cobb, Woodstock and Dawsonville, GA, we are proud to help patients overcome this and other skin cancer conditions.
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer, behind basal cell carcinoma. As the name suggests, it affects the skin’s squamous cells. The squamous cells are the cells that make up the outermost layer of the skin. Once affected, the skin will begin to rapidly produce new cells, creating bumps, scaly patches and other unusual growths. Squamous cell carcinoma typically develops as a response to UV damage, such as that due to sun exposure or tanning bed use. As a result, it is most often found on the face, neck and arms. Although it is quite common, squamous cell carcinoma can still be serious and should be treated as soon as possible. Fortunately, when detected early, there are multiple treatment options and it is easy to treat.
How Much Does Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost?
The cost of your squamous 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 squamous cell carcinoma treatment. To make our treatments more affordable for our patients, we are proud to offer financing options through CareCredit®.
What is the Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Like?
The Skin Cancer Center of Goodman Dermatology specializes in a range of skin cancer treatments. For squamous 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 squamous 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 Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The side effects from your squamous 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 Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The downtime from squamous 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 Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The goal of squamous 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.
Are you located in Jasper, Johns Creek, Canton or the surrounding areas of North Atlanta, and seeking squamous cell carcinoma treatment? If so, contact us today to schedule your consultation at Goodman Dermatology and get started with your treatment at our Skin Cancer Center.