Skin Cancer Treatments

Skin cancer treatments in the U. S. and other Western countries are primarily the conventional methods used by the medical profession.

Alternative treatments for skin cancer are less invasive, can be without side effects and are available in many countries.   

All types of treatments available for skin cancer or any chronic disease can be broken down into 3 general types.

1.    Conventional  - The exclusive use of radiation, surgery and all drugs including chemotherapy.

2.    Alternative – Treating the whole and not the symptoms only …by your spirit, mind and body - the use of herbs, vitamins, minerals and the use of food as your medicine (ironically it was Hippocrates, the father of Western conventional medicine, who said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

3.    Complimentary – The use of both alternative and conventional skin cancer treatments.

I personally preferred an alternative approach to treat my cancer and yet, out of fear. I ultimately succumbed to the medical treatments of conventional medicine, chemotherapy, surgery followed by radiation.

I followed all this up with an alternative healthy lifestyle approach and have been “cancer free” since 1991 with no recurrence. I used the alternative treatments of diet and lifestyle to COMPLIMENT the aggressive conventional treatments.

The only form of cancer I have experienced since then has been minor basal cell and squamous cell cancers.

I knew how to identify them as suspicious and had them removed  by cryrosurgery (freezing) or Mohs surgery. Others have appeared and then disappeared.

Course of action for your skin cancer treatments

The course of action to treat your skin cancer will be determined by the doctor of your choice (conventional and/or alternative medicine) and you have the final say to make your decision. Never feel obligated to follow what the doctor tells you. You are always entitled to second opinions by any other doctor, conventional or alternative.

Among them would include: 

•Skin cancer types - what type do you have?
•The extent of the skin cancer - precancerous to advanced
•Your current health condition, strength, medical history and age
•How well you could tolerate specific medications, procedures or therapies
•Expectations for the course of the disease
•Your own personal opinion or preference - You can make a difference

Conventional treatments for skin cancer

Surgery is the most common of conventional skin cancer treatments and is used about 90% of the time. Surgery is highly successful in removing all of the cancerous tissue in the early stages. If the lesion is large, skin grafting is used to fill in where it was removed and reduce scarring.

Not all surgery is done with a blade. Here are some different types of surgery used to remove skin cancer.

• Cryosurgery – is a technique used for freezing and killing cancer cells - usually spraying with liquid nitrogen.

• Electrodessication and Curettage – is a method in which the lesion is scooped out with a sharp instrument and then the lesion is burned with an electric current.

• Laser therapy – is a high intense light used to remove cancer cells.

• Mohs Surgery – involves cutting away and removing the cancer, affecting as little as possible of the normal tissue. The doctor then uses a microscope as he further explores the area to be sure no cancer cells remain. More info...

• Simple Excision Surgery – involves cutting away the cancer along with some healthy tissue around it. More info...

• Grafting – is the use of a skin graft to replace damaged skin after removing the cancer.

My surgery was far more extensive than any of the above. It was called a bilateral neck dissection. I had squamous cell tumors on each side of my neck and in my throat.

Read About My Surgery And over 20 years Later.

Radiation treatments for advanced skin cancer

Radiation Treatment is the use of a radiation machine that uses x-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.

It is common to combine Radiation Treatments for Cancer with another treatment such as Surgery or Chemotherapy.

Side effects from radiation can be mild and limited or can be severe and long term.

Read My Experience With Radiation.

Chemotherapy to treat skin cancer

Chemotherapy is another one of the treatments for skin cancer.

Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells.

For skin cancer, Chemotherapy can be Applied As A Topical Cream or administered through a drip into the vein.

Either way, these drugs also destroy healthy cells.

They destroy very active cells whether these cells are cancerous or not. Cancer cells may be very active and fast growing, but if they are growing slow, these chemotherapy drugs may not work. The cells of the immune system and your hair are very active and unfortunately they are destroyed as well.

Yes, your hair will return eventually and by paying much attention to your health (diet and lifestyle), you may strengthen your immune system again.

Other long term side effects of the chemotherapy continue, especially with high doses.

Chemo didn't destroy all my cancer and I had to undergo a major surgery and radiation to become cancer-free. To this day I still fight the consequences of the aggressive conventional skin cancer treatments, but must say, I’m happy to still be surviving.

A reminder that I fought my battle with cancer back in the early nineties. Since then I’ve had other friends who have had to fight cancer and their chemotherapy and radiation treatments were far less invasive than what was available for me at the advanced stage mine was at. I don’t see them having the ongoing side effects that I will always continue to deal with.
Although technology has improved since the 1990’s the approach is still the same, which is to get rid of the symptom and not the cause.
For all who want to avoid recurrence and live a quality life after cancer you must address the cause through a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Seek counseling from an alternative doctor, as soon as possible, even as a means of prevention and never hesitate to Contact Me.

Explore your options with qualified doctors and professionals in the alternative field of medicine. Cancer can be too serious to ever attempt to cure it yourself without the plan and guidance of a doctor.

Alternative skin cancer treatments

The number and types of alternative skin cancer treatments are too numerous to list, so for simplicities sake I have them broken down into 3 categories.

•Holistic treatments

Naturopathy and Holistic treatments are both, in a sense, an umbrella …covering a wide range of alternative treatments that address the cause and not just the symptom. To eliminate the cause is to bring about a cure, something that eliminating the symptom does not do. There are a large number of success stories in the field of alternative medicine where the patient comes out cured and with a strong quality of life.

Homeopathy pretty much stands alone and is often used as a remedy for certain symptoms and is often used along with conventional medicine. It does also address the underlying cause and not just the symptom. There are alternative treatments that I would recommend as potentially curing your skin cancer or any chronic disease, but homeopathy is not one of them, yet, who knows, it may.

See Alternative Medicine for more information


Read about the approach to What Causes Skin Cancer from Stephen Coleman BSFF. He finds the emotional trigger to body to recovery.

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Side Effects of Radiation Treatment
Radiation Treatments for Cancer
Types of Chemotherapy
Skin Cancer Surgery
Mohs Surgery
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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly

Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie  

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!