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How is surgery used to treat squamous cell carcinoma?

There are a variety of surgical procedures that may be used to treat squamous cell carcinoma. Sometimes, simple excision may be used, which involves surgically removing the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue. For larger tumors, Mohs surgery may be used. This is a procedure in which the tumor is shaved off layer by layer, and each layer is analyzed before the next is removed until no cancerous cells are found. This procedure helps minimize the amount of tissue removed. Other surgery methods may include curettage and electrodessication (shaving off layers of the tumor and burning the base) and cryosurgery (freezing the tumor with liquid nitrogen). Talk to your doctor to find out if surgery is right for you.

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