Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Regular exposure to sunlight can lead to squamous cell carcinoma, a very common type of skin cancer. Those in San Ramon, San Francisco, Pleasanton and the surrounding communities in California who suspect they may have squamous cell carcinoma should contact Dr. Hayes Gladstone of Gladstone Clinic.
What Is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of cancer that originates in the squamous cells of the epidermis or outer layer of skin. As the second most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma results from cumulative UV exposure and is often found in areas of the body that are frequently exposed to sunlight.
Squamous cell carcinoma can take on many forms, and may appear as:
- Red, scaly patches of skin
- A growth or lump that is raised above the skin and has a central depression
- Open sores that are crusted or scaled over and occasionally bleed
- A wart with a jagged or unusual border
Benefits of Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment
Squamous cell carcinoma lesions are sometimes painful, itchy, or unsightly. Eliminating these tumors means you no longer have to suffer with uncomfortable symptoms, not to mention the fact that getting rid of your cancer will alleviate a great deal of stress.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
If you have been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, you can and should undergo treatment. Dr. Gladstone will develop a custom treatment plan just for you, ensuring you can obtain the care you need with as few complications as possible.
What Do I Need to Do Before Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
It can be tempting to attempt “self-help” remedies at home; however, taking matters into your own hands can actually make the problem worse. Please avoid trying to drain, cut, or exfoliate lesions yourself and allow Dr. Gladstone to eliminate them for you. Follow any pre-treatment instructions carefully, particularly if he advises you to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, or certain medications.
How Long Does it Take to Perform Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Most squamous cell carcinoma treatments can be performed here at Gladstone Clinic on an outpatient basis. You can expect to spend around two hours or so in our clinic, which includes preparation time.
What to Expect After Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The area where squamous cell carcinoma was removed should be kept clean and dry for 10 to 14 days. Dr. Gladstone may also prescribe an antibiotic liquid or topical ointment to prevent or eliminate any infections. Please take any medications as directed, and completely finish all doses even if you feel you no longer need them all.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Although scarring is rare, Dr. Gladstone understands that patients would rather not have scars and takes every precaution possible to prevent them.
When Will I See the Results?
The timeline for results will depend on the type of treatment Dr. Gladstone recommends. He will explain this timeline in greater detail during your consultation.
How Long Will the Results of Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Last?
Your treatment will completely eliminate any current squamous cell carcinoma, but that does not mean you cannot develop it again later. Use reasonable precautions to prevent future outbreaks, and perform regular skin examinations to detect anomalies as soon as they appear.
How Much Does a Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost in San Ramon?
Making treatment affordable is our primary concern, which is why we offer a number of payment options that include cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards. Qualified patients may obtain financing through:
- Lending Club® Patient Solutions
- Alphaeon™ Credit
We also accept most major forms of insurance. Our staff is always happy to work with you and your insurance company to determine if any benefits are available and then come up with a plan for paying any remaining balance.
Gladstone Clinic is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers services emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of San Ramon, San Francisco, Pleasanton and the surrounding communities in California. Please contact us today to schedule a squamous cell carcinoma consultation!