Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Treatment

Colorado Dermatology Institute has positioned itself to be specialists in skin cancer removal in Colorado. We have accomplished this by offering a full spectrum of prevention and treatment of skin cancer.

Blue Light Therapy to treat Actinic Keratosis (or precancers)

Blue light therapy is a procedure that uses light to treat certain conditions on or just under the skin. When combined with photosynthesizing (light-sensitive) drugs and a high-intensity light source to activate them, the treatment is known as photodynamic therapy.

Blue light therapy can only treat areas that the light can reach. The theory is that if we can decrease the pre-cancers in an area, we should have less pre-cancers and skin cancers (like Squamous Cell Cancers of the skin) to treat in the future.

Photodynamic Therapy or blue light therapy treatment is almost always done as an outpatient procedure.

Superficial Radiation Therapy

Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs was the first dermatology clinic to offer Superficial Radiotherapy with the Sensus SRT-100™. Superficial Radiation Therapy is the latest non-invasive, non-melanoma skin cancer treatment option. By delivering a precise and calibrated dose of radiation that penetrates just below the skin’s surface, this amazing non-surgical treatment option delivers a remarkable cure rate—about 95 percent for select Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers.

Superficial Radiation Therapy treatment is painless and only takes a few minutes. The SRT-100™ can be used to treat lesions on the arms, legs, back and trunk, but it works especially well on Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers located on the head and neck. Since the treatment doesn’t require surgery, there’s no discomfort, no downtime, and usually produces a very good cosmetic outcome.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most effective method to treat the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.  To treat cancers like Basal Cell Cancers and Squamous Cell Cancers, individual layers of cancer tissue are removed and examined under a microscope one at a time until all cancer tissue has been removed. Mohs has the highest cure rates of 97-99% for most cancers treated of any of our treatment modalities.

It is important for the doctors at Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs to always be on top of the latest technology and treatment procedures available to our patients, and to bring you options that have a proven record of success. When it comes to skin cancer removal in Southern Colorado, we have you covered!

Note: You can use the American Academy of Dermatology's mobile app to help you determine whether Mohs Surgery is right for you.



Treatment Options for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Surgical Options

Surgical Option #1 - ED&C
ED&C Overview YHU Video
⏱ Time of ED&C

~ 15 Minutes

💵 Cost

Lower cost ~$150-$300

🏥 Cure Rate*

Lower cure rate compared to other treatments

💉 Numbing Required
🤕 Sutures Typically Used

No

Scar from ED&C**

Oval or circular cigarette burn looking scar

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Surgical Option #2 - Excision
Excision Procedure Overview - YHU Video
⏱ Time of Excision

~ 30 Minutes

💵 Cost

Median cost ~$350-$800

🏥 Cure Rate*

Intermediate cure rate

💉 Numbing Required
🤕 Sutures Typically Used

Yes

Scar from Excision**

Usually a straight line

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Surgical Option #3 - Mohs
Mohs Surgery Overview YHU Video
⏱ Time of Mohs

~ 1-3 Hours

💵 Cost

Higher Cost ~$1,000-$3,000

🏥 Cure Rate*

Highest cure rate

💉 Numbing Required
🤕 Sutures Typically Used

Yes

Scar from Mohs**

Variable based off of size and location

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Non-Surgical Option

SRT Procedure
Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) YHU Video
⏱ Time of SRT

~ Multiple 10 minute visits (usually 10-20 total visits)

💵 Cost

Higher cost ~$1,000 to $1,500

🏥 Cure Rate*

High cure rate

💉 Numbing Required

No

🤕 Sutures Typically Used

No

Scar from SRT**

Tissue Texture Changes, blood vessels

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