Skin Cancer Treatment
Here at The Grange Clinic we understand that taking that first step of searching about "the big C" can be distressing and nerve-wracking.
The most important thing to remember with cancer, is that the earlier it is diagnosed, the higher the chance of recovery.
The NHS offers an incredible service, and usually a rapid diagnosis of skin cancer. However, patients are starting to find the waiting list for treatment is getting longer and longer.
We understand that when a patient is diagnosed with skin cancer, they want it treated and removed immediately. That’s why The Grange Clinic offers a private treatment service for patients who would like to explore a faster option than the NHS, or just want to be diagnosed, treated and reviewed privately.
When to seek medical advice
We recommend that you book a consultation if you have any skin abnormality - such as a lump, ulcer, lesion or skin discolouration - that has not healed after four weeks. Whilst the chances of it being skin cancer are low, it's always best to get it checked.
Types of skin cancer and treatments
There are four types of non-melanoma skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), Bowen’s disease and actinic keratoses.
Surgery is the main treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer. It involves removing the cancerous tumour and usually some of the skin in the surrounding area.
Melanoma skin cancer is less common than non-melanoma skin cancers, but is potentially more serious. This is because it can spread away from the skin to other sites in the body. Fortunately the vast majority of melanomas are curable with a small surgical procedure if caught early.
The main treatment for melanoma skin cancer is surgery, however treatment will always depend on the stage or cancer and the patient's circumstances. It is important to consider that some melanoma skin cancers may require further and more complex treatment, which may require referral to the NHS specialist melanoma services. However, we will liaise with our NHS colleagues to make this transition as seamless as possible.
Defending Against Skin Cancer: The Impact of Sunscreen as a Protective Barrier
Several clinical studies and case reports have investigated the use of sunscreen in dermatology. In one study, researchers found that regular use of sunscreen reduced the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 50%. In another study, researchers found that regular use of sunscreen reduced the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer, by 40%.
Case reports have also shown promising results with the use of sunscreen. In one case, a patient with melasma underwent treatment with sunscreen and saw a significant improvement in the appearance of their skin. In another case, a patient with a history of skin cancer underwent regular use of sunscreen and saw a significant reduction in the number of new skin cancers.
Results, Recovery Period and After Care
How long does it take to get results?
The main reason why patients choose to seek private healthcare is to get results and treatment more quickly, and The Grange Clinic’s service usually provides results within 72 hours once the sample has reached the lab. We offer rapid reassurance to our patients by providing results and treatment as quickly as we can.
How long does it take for the skin to heal after the surgery?
We believe that it is really important to stay in close contact with all our patients, especially patients receiving treatment for skin cancer. We invite all patients back one week after the procedure for a check-up with our nurse, and then again six weeks later with your surgeon. However we are more than happy to see patients sooner if they feel there is a problem or any worries.
Non-melanoma skin cancer treatment usually needs a skin graft, which can take one or two weeks to heal, depending on the size. Our team will tell you how to protect and care for the skin graft while it heals, and will be just a phone call away if you have any questions or worries following the treatment.
Melanoma skin cancer recovery will also depend on the amount of skin that is surgically removed, and whether the cancer has spread. Our aftercare is tailored to whatever the individual patient requires, and will vary according to the treatment that is needed. If you have any worries or concerns you are always welcome back into the clinic for a check-up on the area of the skin that has been treated.
No query is too big or too small, and we will offer as much comfort and support as required by our patients.