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Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Treatments for Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Treatments for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are effective in removing the skin cancer. However, treatment options depend on the size, location, and coverage. If SCC covers a large amount of skin, attacks the lymph nodes and major organs, and is too aggressive to withstand surgery, radiation may be the best option in treating squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). 

Fortunately, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a highly treatable skin cancer that has a good success rate. If SCC is detected early, an affected person may undergo various types of surgeries to remove the skin cancer. 

The following treatment options are available for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC): 

  • Cryosurgery - freezing cancer cells. 
  • Excision - cutting out the cancer cells. 
  • Mohs Surgery - removing skin layer to inspect it, and then cutting out layers until no cancer cells are present. This type of procedure is most common in high prone region such as the nose, ears, and face. 
  • Creams - applying topical skin cream to attack minor external skin cancer.
  • Photodynamic therapy - using light to treat Bowen’s disease. 
  • Radiation - in more severe cases where major organs, large areas of skin, lymph nodes, and cancer cells are inoperable, then radiation is effective in treating SCC.