Skin Cancer Treatment in Westlake, Ohio

Surgical Procedures

Surgical Procedures

Basal cell cancer is the most common form of skin cancer, followed by squamous cell cancer. Melanoma is less common than either basal or squamous cell cancer, and it is the most aggressive of skin cancers. In addition to these three types, other less common forms of skin cancer can also occur. 

At The Laser Skin & Surgery Center in Westlake, Ohio, Dr. Renuka Diwan can address your skin cancer concerns with surgery

Basal Cell Cancers

Basal cell cancers can have various appearances to the naked eye. Under a microscope, basal cell cancers also have different growth patterns – some being more aggressive than others. Different treatments are available for basal cell cancers. These include:

All treatments take place at our office except radiation (which is performed at a hospital or outpatient radiation therapy facility). The treatment we recommend to you will depend on a number of characteristics of the skin cancer. 

After considering the location, size, presence or absence of clear definition, failure of previous treatments, microscopic appearance, etc., we’ll determine the appropriate treatment.

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Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery provides the best cure rate for many skin cancers. We remove the cancer in-office with local anesthetic. The steps are as follows:  

This procedure is known for its high cure rate and minimized scarring, by preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.

In the majority of cases, the wound created in the skin after removing the skin cancer is evaluated and reconstructed the same day, with very gratifying cosmetic results.

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Patient Testimonial

“I had Mohs surgery near the nose to remove skin cancer and I highly recommend Dr Diwan and her staff. Very professional and I feel Dr. Diwan is a highly skilled professional.”

“Third Mohs surgery with Dr. Diwan, she is an awesome surgeon. I highly recommend her and her professional staff!”


Skin Cancer Treatment Reconstruction

Dr. Diwan will reconstruct the skin after skin cancer removal to restore your normal appearance and function. She has fellowship training in Procedural Dermatology, where she learned reconstructive techniques to repair wounds, paying close attention to aesthetic details. As a cosmetic surgeon, she applies refined cosmetic techniques to reconstructions, giving our patients the best possible outcome.

Dr. Diwan has over 35 years of experience reconstructing wounds, mainly on the face where the cosmetic result is especially important. She carefully conducts the procedure to give you the best chance of healing with an inconspicuous scar. Dr. Diwan performs all surgical procedures personally.

Reconstructions are performed in our surgical office facility with local anesthetic for comfort, safety, and quick recovery.

Patient Testimonial

When I was diagnosed with skin cancer on my nose I was very apprehensive. Dr Diwan set my mind at ease and was very informative as to what to expect. The procedure was painless. I was told what to expect at 1 month, 2 months etc and the healing process was exactly as expected. At my 4 month follow up I couldn’t be more pleased. I’m very happy with the results as was Dr Diwan. I highly recommend Dr Diwan.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Signs of Basal Cell Cancer?

Basal cell cancer typically appears as a change in your skin, such as a growth or a sore that doesn't heal. Common signs include:

  • A pearly or waxy bump
  • A flat, flesh-colored, or brown scar-like lesion
  • A bleeding or scabbing sore that heals and returns

These lesions appear most often on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, head, and neck, and other sun-exposed parts of the body. If you notice any of these signs, it's essential to see a dermatologist or a specialized skin cancer surgeon for evaluation.

How Should I Prepare for My Skin Cancer Treatment Appointment?

To prepare for your appointment, please gather any previous medical records and biopsy results related to your skin condition and bring them along. Avoid applying lotions, creams, or makeup to the affected area on the day of your appointment. To minimize the risk of bleeding after surgery we recommend avoiding Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory meds such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen for at least one week before surgery. We also recommend avoiding alcohol and health supplements for at least 3 days before surgery. 

It's also helpful to have a list of any medications you are currently taking and to note any allergies or past reactions to medications. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and arranging for someone to drive you home if you're undergoing a procedure that might impair your ability to drive safely.

What Factors Determine the Choice of Treatment for Basal Cell Cancer?

The treatment choice for basal cell cancer depends on several factors, including the cancer's location, size, whether it's well-defined, its microscopic characteristics, and any prior treatments. These factors help us determine the most effective and appropriate treatment approach.

How Effective Is Mohs Surgery Compared to Other Skin Cancer Treatments?

Mohs surgery is considered to be the most effective method for treating many types of skin cancer, offering the best cure rate. It is especially valuable because it can precisely remove cancerous cells while saving as much healthy tissue as possible.

What Should I Expect During the Recovery Period After Skin Cancer Surgery?

Your recovery will depend on the type and extent of the surgery. We advise patients on how to care for their surgical site, manage discomfort, and watch for signs of infection. We'll provide detailed instructions based on your specific procedure to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.

Why Choose The Laser Skin & Surgery Center?

Dr. Renuka Diwan is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist with a passion for skin health and years of experience treating various types of skin cancers. Dr. Diwan focuses on giving compassionate, expert care. She spends adequate time with every patient – she’ll never make you feel rushed during your appointments.

Our practice prioritizes your safety and comfort. We use time-tested techniques combined with the latest technology and stay up-to-date with current best practices. We’re also committed to maintaining a “green practice” where we minimize waste and recycle materials when possible. Our attention to detail on all levels sets us apart from the rest. 

Schedule a Skin Cancer Consultation With Dr. Diwan

To learn more about the skin cancer diagnosis and treatment options offered by Dr. Renuka Diwan or to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment, please schedule a personalized appointment at our practice. 

Call 440-493-1242 or go to our contact page and fill out an appointment request form. We look forward to serving you in Westlake and Cleveland, Ohio!