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[2 min read] Does functional status predict survival in elderly keratinocyte carcinoma patients?

elderly patient functional status

How do you manage patients aged 85 and older with keratinocyte carcinoma? An assessment of a patient’s functional status may help to estimate which elderly patients will benefit from surgical treatment for keratinocyte carcinoma. However, predictive short-term survival in this population has not been determined.

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [26 October]

Case discussion

This week we feature a case discussion from Dr Terry Harvey, whose patient came in for a skin check: Adult male No history Please review the clinical and dermoscopic images below. What is your assessment and what would you do next?

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [19 October]

Case discussion

In this week’s case discussion from Dr Pearly Cooray we present the following patient: 62 year-old male Lesion noted on forehead during skin check Please review the clinical and dermoscopy images. What is your differential diagnosis and what would you do next?

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [12 October]

Case discussion

In this week’s case discussion from Dr Richard Try we present the following patient: 50 year-old female Concern over growing lesion on shoulder Please review the clinical and dermoscopy images. How do you interpret these? What would you do next? Please leave your comment today and check back on Wednesday when we upload the pathology […]

[2 min read] Biopsy vs reflectance confocal microscopy in diagnosing BCC | Prof David Wilkinson

confocal

We all use biopsy to confirm the clinical diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), to determine the sub-type of BCC, and hence to plan the formal treatment – this is usually by excision with appropriate margins, but of course we also consider other destructive methods or topical treatments. Colleagues will be aware of the technology […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [5 October]

Case discussion

This week, we are sharing an interesting case provided by Prof. John Pyne: 60 year-old female school teacher No personal history of skin cancer New papule on central forehead with 2-month history Patient decided to have confocal imaging [live pathology] in preference to an excisional biopsy Please review the dermoscopy images. What is your evaluation, […]

[2 min read] Surgery vs curettage & imiquimod for nodular BCC

nodular BCC

Nodular basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is most often treated with surgical excision. However, interest is increasing in minimally invasive treatments for these low-risk skin cancers. A new study reviewed the effectiveness of surgical excision compared with curettage and imiquimod cream in treating nodular BCC.

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [28 September]

Case discussion

This week we feature a case from Dr Alex Speight. Please read his comments on the case below: “39 year-old man came to my practice as a new patient. He had seen a doctor elsewhere in May 2019 for a small lip lesion which was not healing. According to the patient, they biopsied it, then […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [21 September]

Case discussion

This week we present an interesting case from Dr Kyung Lee (Bruce) featuring a: 77 year-old female patient L lower leg lesion Please review the clinical and dermoscopy images. What is your evaluation, and what would you do next (if anything)?

[2 min watch] Which sutures should I use?

How do you select the most appropriate suture type for each procedure? A suture’s size or type will vary depending on the situation, and there are several factors to consider including how long they will last for. In this short video, Skin Cancer Doctor Tony Azzi shares his advice and simple rules on the sutures […]

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