Basal Cell Carcinoma Skin Treatment Clinic London
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the UK’s most common type of skin cancer. It most frequently appears as a non-healing red bump or patch on the skin and is often found on the face, neck and torso. If you have signs of BCC it’s understandable to feel worried, but it is treatable if detected in time. Dr Daniel Glass is an expert in treating skin cancer and he and his team are here to give you peace of mind and eradicate the cancer in the earliest possible stage.
Basal cell carcinoma sub-types
There are three main variants of BCC, but all of them usually occur in areas commonly exposed to the sun. They are:
- Superficial BCCs – these often resemble eczema or psoriasis and look like a red scaly patch of skin.
- Nodular BCCs – this type of BCC takes the form of a slightly shiny nodule and can ulcerate in the centre. They often have very small visible blood vessels on their surface.
- Morphoeic BCCs – these can be difficult to identify as they are less defined than the other variants.
Treating basal cell carcinoma
At The Dermatology Clinic, we can begin helping you plan your treatment as soon as a diagnosis is confirmed. We use a number of methods to destroy the cancer cells and the best option for you will depend on the size, location and sub-type of the BCC. Our team will also take into consideration your age, medical history and health status before recommending the best course of action.
Procedures for treating BCCs are usually minor and you shouldn’t feel a lot of discomfort during your treatment.
We often carry out surgical treatment for BCC at The Dermatology Clinic. These procedures are:
This procedure has a very high success rate. We will use a scalpel to remove the cancerous tissue before closing the wound with sutures. This is usually carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable during treatment.
Curettage and cautery
If you have a superficial BCC, it’s worth considering curettage and cautery. During this procedure we will use a curette to gently scrape off the tumour. This will cause bleeding, but this is stopped using electrocautery. The curettage and cautery method is carried out under local anaesthetic and can be just as effective as excision in successfully removing the cancerous cells.
During cryosurgery, we will apply cold liquid nitrogen to the lesion to destroy the cancerous cells. This type of treatment is effective if you have a superficial BCC. You may be invited back to the clinic for review and possible repeat treatment to ensure all the cancerous tissue is removed.
Mohs micrographic surgery
If the BCC is located near your eyes, nose or mouth, we may recommend this as the most appropriate treatment, particularly if it’s difficult to determine the edge of the lesion. The procedure involves removing the skin layer within the BCC. The specimen will be frozen and examined under a microscope to make sure the BCC has been removed entirely.
In some cases, BCC can be treated without surgery. If your BCC is superficial, you could benefit from applying a topical cream called Imiqimod. This treatment has a high success rate and all you need to do is rub the cream onto the lesion five times a week for around six weeks.
Our dermatologists might recommend an alternative topical cream called 5-Fluorouracil. The success rate is similar to Imiqimod but you’ll need to apply the cream twice a day for around one month.
Book a consultation
If you’re worried about any kind of skin lesion, it’s important to see a qualified dermatologist as soon as possible. Dr Glass and his team of dermatologists are here to put your mind at rest and provide the best treatment for you. Contact The Dermatology Clinic on 020 3282 0011 to arrange a consultation.