Treatment:
We are experts in identifying and treating skin cancers.

Our Auckland skin cancer centre offers a range of treatment options to ensure you receive the most appropriate care. Each treatment is as low-impact as possible with minimum disruption to your life. 

All of our treatments are carried out at the clinic, therefore no hospitalisation or referral to other consultants is usually necessary.  Depending on your diagnosis, treatment could include a simple topical cream, cryotherapy or dermatosurgery.

Step 1:
SkinCheck – Either Chris or Andrew will ask for some background information, including your current or past medical problems, any medications you maybe on or allergic to and so on. We are most interested in your personal and family history of melanomas or other skin cancers. You will then have a full body skin check where we’ll look at your skin from between your toes to the very top of your head.  We’re looking for suspicious moles, lesions, spots and changes that could indicate skin cancer.  If we find something that looks unusual we photograph it, document it and then look at step 2…  if we don’t find anything then you’re good-to-go and can bask in the glow of a positive medical check-up.  The initial skincheck should take roughly 30 minutes.

Step 2:
This is where we look more carefully at a particular lesion (mole or other skin cancer) and decide a management plan. Depending on the type of lesion, its location and numerous other factors we will offer one of the following:
a.    To keep monitoring and review at a set date in the future
b.    Topical creams, which can work in a variety of ways, acting on the skin cancer itself or boosting the body’s immune system and improving its response. Creams can be used to either reduce the size of cancers before surgery or as a stand-alone treatment
c.    Cryotherapy is a fancy word for freezing off skin lesions with liquid nitrogen, allowing healthy cells to grow up from below the treated skin layer. This treatment is ideal for sun spots and some skin cancer types.  We can do this at the time of your visit
d.    Dermatosurgery is the surgical removal of abnormalities such as cancers, moles and lesions from healthy skin tissue.  Depending on the size and location of the lesion we reschedule an appointment for another day that will suit you.  Dermotasurgery will involve a local anaesthetic which can sting but if injected slowly this can be close to painless for most patients. Let us know if this is a fear of yours, we’ll ensure we allow plenty of time to inject very, very slowly!  After the surgery you will usually have some stitches and a dressing over the wound. You will go home the same day and we will see you for follow-up and suture removal 5 -14 days later
e.    We will refer you to a plastic surgeon specialist at your request or if we feel that this is needed or advisable.  This may be recommended for very large cancers and/or those located in cosmetically challengingly areas

Would you like to find out more?
Talk to us, we’re happy to answer your queries, Phone: 443 6266
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 Dr Andrew MacGill examining a mole

Dr Andrew MacGill examining a mole

 Checking each mole

Checking each mole


 
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