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Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and it usually shows up on the face, ears, scalp, neck, or upper body as a red patch; a pink, red, or white bump that is shiny or pearly; a crusty, open sore that will not heal; or a scar-like area. Squamous cell carcinomas account for about 2 out of 10 skin cancers and commonly appear on sun-exposed areas of the body such as the face, ear, neck, lip, and back of the hands. Squamous cell carcinomas often look like warts or open sores with a thick, rough, scaly patch that can bleed if bumped. They tend to be more aggressive than basal cell cancers and are more likely to be found in men than women.
As the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma requires aggressive and skillful treatment. Malignant melanomas are usually small brown-black or larger multicolored patches, plaques or nodules with irregular outline. They may crust on the surface or bleed. Many of them are found in pre-existing moles.
Surgery is the most common treatment option for skin cancer. “Approximately 90 percent of all skin cancer patients are treated surgically,” said Dr. Datta. “Our team of surgical oncologists combines patient-centered treatment plans with leading-edge surgical technologies to remove skin cancer.”
South Nassau offers leading-edge surgical technologies to remove skin cancer, including surgical excision of melanoma with sentinel lymph node biopsy in selected cases. It also provides functional and cosmetic reconstruction after excision of the malignancy. For patients with metastatic melanoma, in selected cases South Nassau surgeons perform radical lymph node dissection, liver resection and radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a process to heat and destroy liver tumors in conjunction with surgical resection.
A recipient of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award, The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center treats approximately 1,500 patients annually. The Center has evolved into one of the Northeast corridor’s premiere providers of compassionate advanced cancer care. The Center is the only one on Long Island that is equipped with three of the most advanced and effective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer: the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife® Perfexion.
In addition to its Cancer Center in Valley Stream, NY, The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center incorporates the following specialty cancer care services:
For more information about colorectal cancer surgery or The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center, call (516) 632-3350.
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