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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. Continue reading “[2 min read] Surgery vs curettage & imiquimod for nodular BCC”
If you are a primary care physician performing skin cancer surgery in your practice, there are a few common pitfalls you may encounter. In this short video, experienced skin cancer surgeon Dr Tony Azzi shares the four most common mistakes he sees in this field of medicine, and offers his top tips for avoiding them. Continue reading “[4 min watch] 4 common mistakes to avoid in skin cancer surgery”
Have you ever considered subspecialising in skin cancer? In this short video, Matt Woollard (Chief Operating Officer, National Skin Cancer Centres) shares his best advice for doctors wanting to get started in skin cancer work.
One of the most effective ways to set up an appointment book for skin cancer work within a general practice is to create dedicated sessions. In this video, Matt Woollard (Chief Operating Officer, National Skin Cancer Centres) outlines the benefits of separating consults from procedures in your appointment book, and how this promotes an efficient and productive workflow. Continue reading “[2 min watch] How to set up your GP appointment book for skin cancer”
In this short video, Dr Tony Dicker offers his top tips for managing common skin cancer surgery complications you might encounter as a GP, primary care or skin cancer doctor. Continue reading “[2 min watch] Tips to manage common skin cancer surgery complications”
It has been postulated that elliptical cutaneous excisions must possess a length-to-width ratio of 3:4 and a vertex angle of 30 ̊ or less in order to be closed primarily without creating a “dog ear”. These dimensions became axiomatic in cutaneous surgery and have been taught in the apprenticeship model for years. A study examined the validity of that paradigm. Continue reading “[3 min read] Surgical ellipse: Are the length-to-width ratio of 3:4 and a vertex angle of 30 ̊ correct?”
In this webinar, Dr Tony Dicker discussed performing skin cancer surgery in the difficult area below the knee with practical hints and tips for best results. Continue reading “[WEBINAR] Hints for skin cancer surgery below the knee”
In this month’s skin cancer update video, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano continues his two-part discussion from last month about the role of Imiquimod in the treatment of lentigo maligna. Using real patient case examples, Giuseppe discusses Imiquimod in an adjuvant setting, including how it can be applied in a clinical setting after surgery has been performed. Continue reading “[4 min watch] Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [June 2019]”
This month, we consider what to do when a partial biopsy of a suspected melanoma is performed.
The general advice is that if a punch or shave (partial) biopsy has been done, then an excision biopsy should be done before a formal wide-local excision. This is so that complete staging (of Breslow thickness) can be assured before the excision is done. Continue reading “[3 min read] What to do when a partial biopsy of a suspected melanoma is performed”
What method do patients prefer for surgical treatment of facial melanoma, and what causes patients to value the importance of surgery? Continue reading “[4 min read] What surgery do patients prefer for facial melanoma and what influences their choice?”