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Dr. Mayzik
The treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, or SCC, depends on the stage of the disease, the size and area of the growth, and the patient’s general health and medical history. Dr. Patel, what can you tell us about treatment options for SCC?

Dr. Patel
Well, Dr. Mayzik, the overall goal of treatment is to destroy or remove any remaining cancer cells.

The treatments most often used for squamous cell carcinoma include surgery, topical chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Mohs surgery, also called Mohs micrographic surgery, is a procedure that removes small margins of tissue around the cancer in layers. Each layer is then examined under a microscope. Layers continue to be removed until cancer cells are no longer visible. Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate of any skin cancer treatment. Because this procedure offers the most margin control, it’s often used for head, face, and neck cancers, and for large tumors. Additionally, it’s frequently used for skin cancers that have a higher risk of recurrence.

If you’re diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, your provider will discuss treatment options with you.

Together you can develop the best treatment or combination of treatments for your condition.