Skin Cancer work
This comprises rapid access clinics for the assessment of moles and ‘lumps and bumps’ which you doctor might be worried about. Any malignancies detected are removed at that clinic visit and others patients reassured.
All skin cancer surgery (and other surgery carried out in the dept) is done in our own dedicated dermatology theatres at Clatterbridge and as a result, we have not had any problems with infection such as MRSA and C Difficile. We are also able to offer other treatments for skin malignancies such as phototherapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT).
We also run a monthly clinic in conjunction with our Maxillo-Facial and Oculo-Plastic Surgeons and Radiotherapist for those with more complex problems. This ensures that such patients are assessed by all those doctors and departments who might need to be involved in their care in a single ‘one stop’ attendance.
All aspects of care for those with skin malignancies are provided in house except a small minority of patients with melanoma who might need a technique called ‘sentinel node’ biopsy which is carried out at Whiston hospital. These patients would ultimately be followed up at one of the Wirral hospitals once their initial treatment has been carried out.
More informtion on the commonest premalignant and malignanant skin problems are listed below: