Other Skin Cancer Treatments
When it comes to skin cancer treatment, your options are dependent upon the type, location, and severity of your skin cancer. During your consultation, Dr. Dubow will assess your skin cancer in order to develop a personalized treatment plan that is appropriate for you and will help you reach your overall wellness goals.
Some skin cancer treatments that we offer are:
Levulan Kerastick + BLU-U
The Levulan Kerastick + BLU-U treatment for skin cancer is an effective treatment for actinic keratosis (AK). It combines the topical Levulan Kerastick, which is a 20% aminoleuvulinic acid HCL solution, with Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy to treat minor to moderately thick actinic keratosis.
This two-part treatment involves applying the topical solution to the AK lesions on your scalp and face. The AK lesions will absorb the Levulan Kerastick solution, rendering the AK cells sensitive to light. Following a one to two hour wait, you will return for the second half of your treatment wherein you will be exposed to a blue light treatment that “activates” the medication and results in the destruction of the pre-cancerous AK cells.
Additional Skin Cancer Treatments:
Additional treatment options exist including topical creams, curettage (scraping), excision with stitches, and radiation. During your consultation or after a positive biopsy has been obtained indicating the need for further treatment, Dr. Dubow will discuss all the pros and cons of the these options for your type of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Prevention
As the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Although almost all skin cancers can be treated if caught early, you can help to prevent skin cancers by:
- Never using tanning beds
- Avoid sunburns
- Use a sunscreen or sunblock of at least SPF 30 every day
- Covering your skin with clothing, especially sun-protective clothing and hats
- Keep newborn babies out of the sun
- Use sunscreen on children older than 6 months
- Get a medical skin exam every year
- Perform monthly skin exams at home
- Avoid direct mid-day sun from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
- See your dermatologist if you notice any suspicious growths or change to your skin