Ulcerating skin cancers can present themselves as chronic wounds and are often wrongly treated as wounds of other aetiologies for a long period. Once the diagnosis is made, treatment is usually the surgical excision of the tumour. The most important aspect of successful treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer is the complete removal of the tumour, without sacrificing too much healthy tissue. Mohs surgery is a method for achieving total tumour removal with the smallest possible resulting defect, therefore minimising the resulting scars by complete histological margin control. It is the treatment of choice for a large number of non-melanoma skin cancers and is especially useful for cancers in anatomically demanding locations, such as the face and the lower leg. This session will explain this technique for minimising scars and will present a number of commonly used treatments to improve the appearance of scars.
Surgical concepts to minimise defects and scars: Mohs surgery
Severin Läuchli, PD Dr. Med., Switzerland
University of Zurich
Treatments for improving scars
Luc Teot, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, France
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Montpellier University Hospital