Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the Management of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers

Lara Cumberland, Ali Dana, Nanette Liegeois

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Abstract

Many treatment modalities have been described to address the growing epidemic of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is a surgical technique that allows complete and precise microscopic margin analysis by using horizontal frozen sections. The purpose of MMS is twofold: to ensure definitive excision and to minimize loss of normal surrounding tissue. MMS offers the advantages of superior cure rates and, because tissue removal is minimized, excellent cosmetic outcomes. Therefore, MMS has become the treatment of choice for many high-risk tumors. Because this technique is labor intensive, MMS is not indicated in certain situations. Understanding the indications, advantages, and disadvantages of MMS remains paramount for facial plastic surgeons managing NMSC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-335
Number of pages11
JournalFacial plastic surgery clinics of North America
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • Slow Mohs
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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