Introducing the new skin cancer treatment lab at the Swier Clinic
Lewes, Delaware, June 2, 2014
We are pleased to announce as a service to the community, that the Swier Clinic has begun to offer cancer removal surgery at 1400 Savannah Road in Lewes. The immediate removal of skin cancer without the need to return several times is the goal of the Skin Center. A pathologist on site helps to make this happen.
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It occurs most often to areas of the skin that have been exposed to ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds but can also occur on areas not ordinarily exposed to sunlight.
There are four major types of lesions to be aware of: actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting exposure to ultraviolet radiation and practicing safe sun habits. Take a look at our article about proper sun protection. It is also important to check your skin for suspicious changes as this can help detect skin cancer at early stages giving you the best chance for successful treatment. The Skin Cancer Foundation is a wonderful resource for more detailed information about the different forms of skin cancer.
The Swier Clinic specializes in reversing the signs of aging and the treatment of skin cancer. If you currently have skin damage as a result of overexposure to the sun or if you have a skin lesion of concern, please call us for a consultation today.
At the consultation the lesion(s) of concern will be examined by Dr. Swiers highly qualified physicians’ assistant (PA). A topical treatment or laser treatment may be prescribed if the lesion is pre-cancer or not cancerous. If the area appears to be suspicious, the PA will biopsy the lesion and send the sample to pathology for review. Dr. Swier must remove the lesion through a procedure called a frozen section if the results of the biopsy come back as positive for skin cancer.
During a frozen section procedure, Dr. Swier will remove a portion of the tissue mass. The biopsy is then taken to the pathology lab for review. The pathologist freezes the tissue in a cryostat machine, cuts it with microtome and then stains it with various dyes so that it can be examined under a microscope. The dyes allow Dr. Swier and the pathologist to determine if the surgical margins are clear of cancer or not. If the margins are clear the incision is closed and the procedure is complete. If the margins are not clear, Dr. Swier will need to remove additional tissue until the margins are clear.
The frozen section procedure is now offered at the Swier Clinic in our new, state-of-the art lab, specifically designed for pathology of frozen sections. Call us today to set up your consultation.