Skin Cancer Surgery in Sydney & Canberra
Providing Quality Skin Cancer Treatment Throughout Australia
Australia is known for its incredible summers and beautiful natural environment. Unfortunately, one of the unwanted by-products of this bounty is that we have some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. While rates of cancer amongst Australians has improved in recent years, it still remains a major concern in our society.
At Panthea Clinics, we specialise in skin cancer treatment to ensure that every one of our patients has the best chance at overcoming this difficult disease. Lead by some of the best medical professionals in the field, we are proud to be a leading skin cancer clinic throughout the country.
What is skin cancer?
In broad terms, skin cancers can be divided into non-melanomatous skin malignancies as well as melanomas. The first group include basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and their precursor entities. These are related to cumulative sun exposure and result in malignant changes in the areas most commonly exposed to the sun – the face, hands and legs. While these are the areas where they tend to show most frequently, they can certainly occur elsewhere on the body.
BCCs generally grow and spread slowly. Early-stage superficial BCCs can now be treated successfully with creams. Most other subtypes are easily treated with simple resection. There are, however, subtypes that are prone to widespread infiltration and higher risk of recurrent growth. Most importantly, as with all skin surgery, aesthetically sensitive areas require special attention to reduce the chances of unattractive scarring and to achieve best camouflage of the incisions.
SCCs are generally faster growing than BCCs and may spread to regional nodes or through the bloodstream to more distant sites, causing serious complications. The size, thickness and intrinsic nature of the tumour will determine its capacity for spread and threat. They require closer surgical scrutiny to ensure not only that the tumour is removed but also that there is no evidence of regional or distant disease.
Melanomas and Merkel cell tumours are among the most dreaded skin malignancies. These can be life threatening and often seem to strike without warning. Their pathogenic relationship to sun exposure as a risk factor has become clearer in recent years. Treatment of these diseases requires a multidisciplinary team including oncologists, radiation oncologists as well as surgeons.
How we can help you
Dr Farhadieh has a special interest in facial skin cancer treatment and works closely with oncology and radiation oncology colleagues to provide the finest surgical solutions available. His priority is to achieve surgical and aesthetic outcomes that patients can count on to provide them with a better quality of life.
‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’
Get in touch with us today
If you’re struggling with skin cancer, don’t hesitate to contact Panthea Clinics today. We are located in both Sydney and Canberra, where we are known for providing unparalleled quality of care to our patients.
When it comes to choosing a skin cancer clinic, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best of the best. Contact us today to learn more about who we are and how we can help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need general anaesthesia and overnight admission?
It depends on the extent of the lesion and reconstruction needed. Often skin cancers can be managed under local anaesthetic or with twilight sedation. In some cases general anaesthetic is indicated.
Will the scars be visible?
Surgery without scars is impossible but remains the holy grail of plastic surgery. The art of plastic surgery is making sure that surgical incisions are camouflaged and are blended into the normal skin creases. Time and postoperative scar management often help a great deal in hiding the telltales of surgery.
How long will the recovery take?
It depends most skin cancer surgery recovery is quick, most people are able to resume normal activities the next day.
What will my follow up include?
Dr Farhadieh believes that the doctor-patient rapport is amongst the most sacred and privileged relationships. Our practice is based on compassion, honesty, transparency and above all, patient welfare.
We pride ourselves on making sure that you feel supported through each stage of the journey. We will be available during all stages of your journey and will schedule short, medium and long term follow ups as part of our overall practice.
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