Excision, also known as resection, is quickly becoming one of the more popular and effective forms of skin cancer treatments in the field. This skin cancer treatment is used to treat all forms of skin cancer, including the two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. This technique is also quickly becoming a standard skin cancer treatment for the more aggressive skin cancer known as melanoma.

Another option available for removal of cancerous cells on the skin, is known as an excision biopsy. With skin cancer, there are so many different options for treatment that it’s good to have a general idea of what options are available before you commit to any particular one.

The Excision Biopsy


What is an excision biopsy?

This procedure is more invasive than some of the other options that skin cancer patients have, but it is also known for the results that it provides. During the procedure, the entire abnormality or area of skin with cancerous cells, is removed. This procedure is ideal for smaller areas of skin or areas of abnormality because of the healing process. If the area is too large, an incision procedure may be a better, in interest of the cosmetic results after the procedure.

How does this biopsy differ from others?

The primary difference between an excision biopsy and any other biopsy is the amount of cells that are removed. Some biopsies will remove less cells, but will require more than one procedure to eliminate the area. With an excision biopsy, there is a tiny part of the surrounding tissue that is also removed. That way the entire area that is in question of cancerous cells is removed and no longer a threat.

Are excision biopsies more common for certain parts of the body?

This type of biopsy is not intended for any one part of the body, however it is more commonly used on skin cancer cells as well as breast, muscles and lymph nodes. In regards to skin cancer, this is one of the more common and successful treatments offered. However, the location of your skin cancer and the size of the area in question will also play a part in the best method of treatment.

The Excision Treatment


What does the excision skin cancer treatment entail?

Your excision skin cancer treatment will include the removal of the lesion or tumor that is cancerous on your skin. We begin the process by marking the margins of the area that we plan to remove. A portion of your healthy skin will be included in this portion to ensure that all of the cancerous cells are removed upon the procedure. Once these margins are created, your dermatologist will provide you with an anesthetic and cut the area that they’ve drawn out and remove the cells. Afterwards, the skin that remains will be sewed back together. Healing of the area is pretty rapid and can take anywhere between two to three weeks.

What happens after this procedure?

Once the cells have been cut, your dermatologist will send the portion of skin off to the lab to determine if the healthy skin that was included in the cut shows any signs of cancerous cells. In cases where these pieces of skin do show a sign of invaded cancerous cells, there is a good chance that the cancerous cells spread and another procedure will need to be performed.

Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist at Azeal Dermatology Institute to determine if this form of skin cancer treatment is best for you and your diagnosis.