Advertisement

Is there a cure for skin cancer?

Skin cancer has a 95% cure rate when it is discovered early and surgically removed from the skin.  When people catch the skin changes themselves, the cancer is usually at an earlier, more curable stage.

Researchers reported that they saw success treating melanoma with modified herpes viruses. When researchers injected the virus into the skin where melanoma was, the virus attacked the cancer cells, eliminating them. This research is indeed useful, and this treatment may interfere with the growth of melanomas, but it is not known if the cancer will return somewhere else and if this treatment works on melanoma that has spread.

Prevention and awareness are the best defenses in the fight against melanoma.
There is no guaranteed cure for skin cancer, but treatments are completely effective in many cases. Especially if the cancer is found in its early stages, the proper treatment may make it possible to entirely remove the cancer. The most effective treatment options for skin cancer may include surgical removal of the tumor (using one of many available procedures), chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Talk to your doctor to determine the most effective treatment options for you.

Continue Learning about Skin Cancer Treatment

How do medications treat skin cancer?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Medications may be used to treat some cases of skin cancer using chemotherapy or biologic therapy. F...
More Answers
How is surgery used to treat skin cancer?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
There are many types of surgery that may be used to treat skin cancer, depending on the type of canc...
More Answers
How effective is topical chemotherapy for skin cancer?
Dr. Ellen Marmur, MDDr. Ellen Marmur, MD
A prescription cream, 5-fluorouracil, destroys mutant cells and causes an inflammatory reaction. It ...
More Answers
What is Mohs surgery?
Omar A. Ibrahimi, MDOmar A. Ibrahimi, MD
Mohs surgery is a specialized method of removing skin cancers primarily on the face with the highest...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.