Squamous cell carcinoma treatment (SCC)

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is a type of skin cancer that arises from the squamous cells in the skin. It is the second most common form of skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma, and it can be more aggressive and potentially more dangerous if left untreated. Surgical removal is a common treatment option for cSCC, as it offers the best chance of a cure and minimizes the risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body.

The surgical removal of cSCC involves the excision of the cancerous lesion along with a margin of healthy skin tissue. The size of the margin is determined by the thickness and location of the lesion, as well as the patient’s age and overall health. In some cases, the removal of lymph nodes may also be necessary if the cancer has spread to these areas.

If the cSCC is located in an area with plenty of lax skin then the scar can be directly closed. If there is not enough available skin a reconstruction using a skin graft taken from another part of the body or a local skin flap adjacent to the area to be reconstructed can be used. After the surgical removal of cSCC, the patient may experience some discomfort and scarring, which can be managed with pain medication and proper wound care. The wound will typically be covered with a bandage and may need to be kept dry and elevated for a period of time.

It is important to note that early detection and treatment of cSCC is key to a successful outcome. Patients with a history of sun exposure, a weakened immune system, or a personal or family history of skin cancer should be particularly vigilant about monitoring their skin and seeking prompt medical attention if they notice any unusual growths or changes.

In conclusion, surgical removal is an effective treatment option for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, offering a high chance of a cure and minimizing the risk of the cancer spreading. Patients should work closely with their healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for their individual case.