Skin cancer surgery on referral

Skin cancer series in AFP

Australian Family Physician Skin Cancer Series

Australian Family Physician commisioned Dr. Anthony Dixon to write a complete series on managing skin cancer patients and the problems we might face. Anthony completed the series free of charge as a service to Australian GPs.

The skin cancer series is available here in PDF form.

A case study of treating superficial BCCs with imiquimod versus curettage with cryotherapy. how do the two established techniques compare?

2 BCCs on the may sometimes be 1 large BCC. What do we do when 2 BCCs are close together. Do we treat them together or apart?

Not all ultraviolet comes from the sun. There are other sources such as arc welding. We explore an example of where welding rarher than the big yellow thing seems to be the problem.

Skin cancers below the knee pose special challenges due to high complications risks. There are more infections and slower healing. Are there answers?

What do we do when our skin cancer patients are on warfarin or aspirin?. Do we stop one or other? What other features might make bleeding more likely?

Sometimes a patient has other health issues and the skin cancer seems trivial. Sometimes we leave the skin cancer alone. Sometimes it is still better to treat the skin cancer. So how do we know which way to go?

Some aggressive SCCs can lead to widespread disease and even death. What features make a SCC more likely to be a nasty one?

Imiquimod can be used for patients in whom the whole face is one solar keratosis after another. which patients are suitable for using imiquimod for actinic keratoses?

There are moles and there are moles. When one has many dysplastic melanocytis naevi, there is a very high risk of developing melanoma. How do we select these high risk patuients?

While most patients survive their melanoma, others develop metastatic melanoma and succumb to their disease. How do we help these patients?

Not all BCCs are pink discrete nodules on ths skin. Other such as micronodular BCCs can be extremely large and yet subtle. How do we master these nasty tumours?

Most of our skin cancer patients get BCCs, SCCs or melanoma. But there are many other rare skin cancers. Can you pick them? How are they treated?