If you find a suspicious looking skin lesion or you’re just not sure about a spot you find on your body, please come and see our highly experienced skin cancer doctors for a thorough skin check
This could save your life!
Our dedicated skin cancer doctors have extensive training and knowledge in the diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical management
of skin cancers.
Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancers
The most common treatment for skin cancer is surgery to remove the cancer (usually under a local anaesthetic with or without a previous biopsy).
Certain types of skin cancer can be removed with cryotherapy (using liquid nitrogen to rapidly freeze the cancer off), curettage (scraping) or cautery (burning). Superficial skin cancers can also be treated with topical Efudix or PDT, etc.
Non-surgical Treatment: Photodynamic therapy
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is treatment used mainly for superficial types of skin cancer. PDT is effective in treating actinic keratosis on the face, neck, chest, back, hands and arms. PDT is also sometimes used off-label for facial rejuvenation and to treat mild to moderate acne.
PDT utilises photosensitising agents, oxygen and light, to create a photochemical reaction that selectively destroys cancer cells. Photosensitising agents are drugs that are administered into the skin topically. In the skin, they concentrate in cancer cells and only become active when light of a certain wavelength is directed onto the area where the cancer is. The photodynamic reaction between the photosensitising agent, light and oxygen kills the cancer cells.