Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Clinic London
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) accounts for around 10 percent of skin cancer cases in Britain and is the second most common form. The concept of skin cancer can be frightening and it’s understandable to feel anxious about what to do if you discover symptoms. If you think you might have SCC, it’s important to see a qualified dermatologist to put your mind at rest and get your symptoms treated as swiftly as possible.
Dr Daniel Glass is the lead skin cancer clinician at The London Dermatologist, so rest assured that you’re in caring, professional hands when you visit this Harley Street clinic.
SCCs are a malignant tumour on the skin’s surface, usually found on the head, neck, ears and back although they can occur on any part of the body. They typically appear as a raised, scaly or crusty area of skin with an inflamed, red base. Sometimes an SCC can feel tender or sore and sometimes they bleed or appear as an ulcer.
This type of skin cancer can spread. It’s therefore important to get any non-healing lesion on your skin looked at by a dermatologist as soon as you can. The Dermatology Clinic offers a range of treatments to remove the tumour.
When treating SCC, our dermatologists will usually perform a surgical procedure. We will remove the lesion with a margin of normal skin around it. Don’t worry about feeling pain; your dermatologist will inject a local anaesthetic to the area so you’ll be comfortable throughout the procedure.
In some cases, SCC is treated using radiotherapy. We may recommend radiotherapy if:
- The SCC covers a large area
- It is on an area of your body that is difficult to operate on
- You don’t want to undergo surgery
In this instance, our consultants will arrange a referral to a clinical oncologist who will use high energy rays onto the skin to destroy the cancer cells. This will normally be carried out over several sessions to ensure all the cancerous cells have been removed.
Ease your mind
If you’re worried about SCC and think you might have symptoms, try not to panic. The sooner you get your lesion seen to by a qualified dermatologist at The Dermatology Clinic, the sooner you’ll be able to put your mind at rest. Our consultants can provide an accurate diagnosis and give you the treatment you need at the earliest possible opportunity. Call 020 3282 0011 to take the first step today.