In cases where the BCC/SCC is in an unusual position or has spread, your specialist will arrange for a team of health professionals to plan your treatment based on your preferences and needs.
The team will be made up of professionals who have experience managing and supporting a person with BCC/SCC.
Your specialist will tell you when the team will be discussing your case.
Your team should discuss the different treatment options with you including the likely outcomes, expected timeframes, possible side effects and the risks and benefits. You might want to ask for more time before deciding on your treatment.
Let your team know about any complementary therapies you are using or thinking about trying. Some therapies may not be appropriate, depending on your medical treatment.
There are a number of ways to treat BCC or SCC that has spread. In some cases, more than one type of treatment could be used to get the best outcome.
Further treatment after surgery for BCC or SCC:
Radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy) may benefit patients with some types of BCC or SCC, especially if surgery is unsuitable or for recurring BCCs or SCCs.
Chemotherapy may be used for BCC or SCC that has spread to other parts of the body.
Non-surgical therapies include:
cryotherapy (using liquid nitrogen to rapidly freeze the cancer off)
creams (imiquimod or fluorouracil)
photodynamic therapy (using a photosensitising agent and laser light).
For more information about treatment and treatment side effects ask your doctor or visit www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/treatment.
Your doctor should discuss your needs with you during and after treatment (including physical, psychological, social and information needs) and may refer you to another service or health professional for different aspects of your care.
It can be helpful to contact cancer peer support groups and support groups for carers.