Find out what to expect after you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer.
If you’ve just been diagnosed with melanoma by one of our San Antonio, TX, dermatologists, Dr. Rebecca Kelso or Dr. Emily Fridlington, you may be wondering, “Now what?” This is a common and completely understandable response after hearing you have skin cancer. You want to know everything that is going to happen over the course of your treatment and we are here to shed some light on what to expect after your diagnosis.
First of all, you should know that you are certainly not alone. Melanoma is actually one of the most common cancers to affect both men and women. So, take a deep breath and read on…
There are four phases that a lot of patients dealing with melanoma seem to go through. These phases include discovery, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Even after your diagnosis, our San Antonio, TX, skin doctors may recommend further testing to determine which treatment options will be most effective. You may need blood work, MRIs, CT scans, PET scans or biopsies.
We will also determine the stage of your skin cancer. Things such as how deep and thick the tumor is, as well as other symptoms, such as bleeding or color changes that can help us make this determination. We will also need to determine how far the cancer has already spread (e.g. whether it’s reached the lymph nodes or not). We understand that all this news can come as quite a shock, so we highly recommend bringing a friend or family member to be with you during your visit. They can help take notes or ask questions to help make the visit as valuable for you as possible.
Treating Skin Cancer
There are many treatment options available and the type of treatment we recommend will depend on the stage of your skin cancer. Sometimes surgery (e.g. Mohs surgery) is the best option, while chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy may be more effective.
We may also recommend surgery in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation to address your cancer. We will provide you with detailed information about your options so that you can determine which option is right for you and your lifestyle. We are here for you, so don’t hesitate to ask us all the questions you have.
Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, is here to make sure that you get the best dermatological care you deserve, whether you have skin cancer or are just looking for acne treatment. Call us today to learn more!