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Your doctor can describe your treatment choices and what to expect during and after. The two of you should work together to develop a treatment plan that meets your medical needs and personal values.
Standard treatment options for skin cancer include:
Because treating skin cancer can damage healthy cells and tissues, side effects may occur. Side effects will depend mainly on the type and extent of the treatment. These may not be the same for each person and may even differ from treatment to treatment. Before treatment starts, your doctor should tell you about possible side effects and suggest ways to help you manage them.
Before starting skin cancer treatment, you may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial. This is a research study that is meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments. When clinical trials show that a new treatment for skin cancer is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard.
During follow-up care after skin cancer has been treated, your doctor will monitor your recovery and check for new skin cancer. New cancers are more common than having a treated skin cancer spread.
Regular checkups will help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated, if necessary. Between scheduled visits, you should check your skin regularly. You should contact the doctor if you notice anything unusual. It is also important to follow your doctor's advice about how to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer again.