The treatment options for skin cancer are similar to those of other types of cancer such as surgery, radiation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and in rare cases, chemotherapy. Fortunately, it is much easier to remove a skin tumor than an internal tumor. For small, localized basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, they oftentimes are removed with low-dose radiation, skin scraping and cauterization or a process where the area is frozen with liquid nitrogen. Because we can easily see our skin, most skin cancers are detected and cured very early on and before they spread to other tissues and organs.
Melanoma that has spread to other parts of the body presents a greater challenge, and it is important to speak with a dermatologist and/or oncologist as soon as possible.