The special qualifications a Mohs surgeon brings to Pennsylvania
A diagnosis of any kind of cancer is scary. Skin cancers are the most common form of the disease, with melanoma being the most serious type. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that each year more than 21 of every 100,000 people in Pennsylvania develop a melanoma. About three in every 100,000 will lose their lives to the disease. While it isn’t appropriate in every case of skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery and modified Mohs surgery are the most exact and effective removal methods currently available. Dr. Aradhna Saxena provides this advanced treatment at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, with offices in Lansdale and Fort Washington.
The basics of Mohs surgery
Conventional removal of a skin cancer involves eliminating the lesion and additional tissue around it. This larger surgical area was long believed necessary, to eradicate roots and adjacent tissue that might harbor cancerous cells.
During Mohs micrographic surgery, the lesion is first removed. The excised tissue is stained, cryo-frozen, and examined under high resolution magnification. Dr. Saxena carefully examines the underside and the entire border for cancerous cells. If any are detected, she takes another cell-deep layer and analyzes it. The process is repeated, in one surgical session, until no further cancer cells are detected.
Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, with local anesthetic. Because the method is so precise, there is minimal destruction of healthy tissue, and the wound heals more quickly. Most importantly, the cure rate is in excess of 99 percent for new skin cancers, and 95 percent for recurring lesions.
Dr. Saxena’s credentials and Mohs training
Not every dermatologist is qualified to perform Mohs surgery, and not every practice has the necessary surgical and laboratory equipment or trained support staff. Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute is fully equipped and staffed to perform Mohs surgeries.
In addition to a degree from Penn State University, a doctorate from Sidney Kimmel Medical College, internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and residency in Dermatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Saxena is Board-certified in dermatology. She completed fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery at the California Skin Institute. She maintains current knowledge and skills through membership in the American College of Mohs Surgery, and she is a published author in this area of specialty. Dr. Saxena has a great deal of clinical experience in performing successful Mohs procedures.
Skin cancer is serious. Get the best possible cure rate with treatment at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute. Call (215) 392-6636 to schedule a consultation.