Non-surgical skin cancer treatment options

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Non-surgical skin cancer treatment options in Algonquin IL
At Dermatology Specialists of Illinois, we strive to catch skin cancer at its earliest possible stage through routine skin exams. But we know that a skin cancer diagnosis can be stressful and scary no matter how early it is caught. Our team of dermatology professionals works closely with Algonquin, Illinois, area patients to identify the best treatment options for their unique needs, providing compassion and support from the time of diagnosis through follow-up care.

Non-surgical treatment options

While surgery used to be the mainstay in treating skin cancer lesions, there are many effective non-surgical options available that can be very effective at treating skin cancers. Some treatment options are better suited for certain types of cancers, and our team will guide you through the decision-making process based on your specific needs.

  • Topical chemotherapy: This can be a great option for pre-cancerous lesions as well as certain skin cancers. A topical medication is applied to the skin, which then works to kill the pre-cancerous or cancerous cells without the side effects of systemic chemotherapy.
  • IGSRT, or image-guided superficial radiation therapy: This technique uses low energy to penetrate just beneath the skin's surface to eradicate skin cancer cells. It can be a good option for areas where you want to avoid surgical scars, such as the face, or hard-to-heal locations like the legs and scalp.
  • Injectable chemotherapy: With this option, anti-cancer medication is injected with precision into the cancerous area of the skin. It is also a good option for areas where you want to minimize scarring.
  • Radiation therapy: Typically, this option involves a series of treatments to destroy cancer cells and is used for hard-to-treat cancers or cases where cancer covers a large area of skin.
It is important to be aware that surgery remains a highly effective treatment option. In some cases, it is the best option for ensuring that all cancerous cells are removed and that the tissue surrounding the cancerous lesion is also free from cancer. It can be done as excisions or through a procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery. Our dermatology team will talk with you about the best treatment options for your individual case, along with the pros and cons of your choices, so you can make an informed, confident decision about your care.

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If you are due for your annual skin exam or have a suspicious spot on your skin, we encourage you not to delay scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist. To reach our Algonquin office, call (844) 307-7546. We also have locations in Woodstock and Barrington for your convenience.

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