If you have more questions about Mohs, we have the answers.
Q: Why did my doctor recommend Mohs surgery?
A: Mohs surgery is often done on tumors in highly visible and sensitive areas such as the nose, eyelids or lips. Mohs surgery also works well for large areas of skin cancer, when the edges of the tumor are unclear, and for cancer that was previously treated or is fast growing.
Q: How effective is Mohs surgery against cancer?
A: Mohs surgery enables a five-year cure rate of up to 99 percent for new cancers and up to 95 percent for recurring cancers.
Q: Why does Mohs surgery require doctors to have special training?
A: During an extra year of training, a dermatologist learns the surgical technique for removing skin tumors, pathology to study tumors microscopically and map them, and reconstruction to restore the skin where the tumor was removed. Your specialist at Loyola has earned certification from the American College of Mohs Surgeons.
Q: How long will my Mohs surgery take?
A: You can expect to arrive in the morning and spend almost a whole day to complete the surgery and reconstruction.
Q: Will I have a scar?
A: Any type of surgery for skin cancer leaves a scar. During reconstruction, your surgeon will work to minimize any scar and will discuss how to get the best possible result. If you need a skin graft, the surgeon may use a small section of skin from someplace unnoticeable, such as behind your ear. Laser or a resurfacing procedure may be performed to enhance the end result.
Q: How do I know you removed all the cancer?
A: Mohs surgery is specially designed to allow surgeons to discover, map and remove the tiny roots of skin tumors that can cause them to recur. Surgery continues until there is no evidence of cancer at the microscopic level.