Mohs (or Mohs Micrographic surgery) is a precise surgical technique used to treat basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It is also used to treat some types of melanoma and other more unusual skin cancers.
It is especially useful for skin cancers:
- That have high risk of recurrence or that have recurred after a previous treatment
- Are located in areas where you want to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible: around the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, feet and genitals
- That have borders that are hard to define
- That are large and/or aggressive
The surgery entails thin layers of cancerous skin being removed progressively until only cancer free tissue remains.
The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much skin cancer as possible, while doing minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. It also allows us to see that all cancer cells have been removed at the time of the surgery. This increases the chance of a cure and reduces the need for additional treatments or surgery.
Mohs surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic.
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