Here at the Skin Cancer Center of Northern Virginia, it is our goal to provide you with the best experience you have ever had with the medical community. We focus on providing excellent medical care in a friendly and comfortable environment. Our services include:
SKIN CANCER SURVEILLANCE
Regular complete skin exams by a dermatologist together with routine self examinations are the best way to detect skin cancer at its earliest stage where it is still very easy to treat.
When needed, skin biopsies, including shave biopsies, punch biopsies, and excisional biopsies will be performed. These procedures can often be performed at the time of a regular office visit.
Moles that are suspicious for melanoma as well as moles which need to be removed for other reasons can be removed surgically. This procedure is typically performed in the office, but due to space and time constraints, this will usually be scheduled for a future date.
All skin biopsies and specimens that are performed and sent out will be evaluated by a qualified dermatopathologist—a pathologist who specializes in diagnosing disorders of the skin.
SKIN CANCER SURGERY/TREATMENT
Skin cancers can be removed surgically in the office. Our staff is specialized in several techniques for removing skin cancer, including: Mohs micrographic surgery, standard surgical excision, and electrodessication and curettage. When appropriate, non-surgical treatments of skin cancer will also be discussed, including radiation, cryotherapy, and topical chemotherapy.
Mohs surgery is a specialized technique for removing skin cancer. It provides the highest cure rate of any treatment available today for skin cancer. Additionally, because it limits the amount of healthy skin that is removed, it provides the best cosmetic result. Learn more about Mohs surgery.
After a skin cancer is removed with the Mohs surgery technique, our staff is well trained to repair the resulting wound. Sometimes this includes reconstructive surgery.
CRYOTHERAPY WITH LIQUID NITROGEN
Cryotherapy or “freezing” with liquid nitrogen is an effective way to treat several skin conditions, including Actinic Keratoses which are commonly known as “pre-skin cancers”.
Modern technology is producing several new methods of dealing with skin cancer. Nonsurgical treatments can include topical chemotherapy or immunotherapy. These options are only appropriate for certain tumor subtypes, but can be an excellent treatment option when indicated.
PATIENT EDUCATION FOR SELF-EXAMINATION
Patients are instructed on how to perform a good self-examination of the skin. This includes knowing the early signs of skin cancer, so that patients know what to look for.