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Skin Cancer Treatment in Chicago

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 3.3 million people in the United States receive treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer every year. Although they are rarely life threatening, more than 90 percent of people develop these skin cancers on highly visible parts of the body.

Patients have a choice when it comes to management of concerning lesions or diagnosed skin cancers. Many providers can assist with biopsy, excision and wound closure. However, Dr. Marco Ellis focuses on minimizing scarring and ensuring an aesthetic appearance with little stigmata from surgery. Through his years of experience and training, the plastic and reconstructive surgeon can avoid or camouflage common incision patterns.

Types of Skin Cancer Dr. Ellis Treats

Dr. Ellis not only performs excision of facial and body skin cancers but also collaborates with dermatologists trained in Mohs surgery and general surgeons trained in oncology. He treats all pre-skin cancer and skin cancer types, including:

  • Basal cell cancer
  • Squamous cell cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel cell cancer
  • Dysplastic nevi
  • Actinic keratosis

Skin Cancer Treatment Options

After a thorough analysis and selection of technique, Dr. Ellis performs most reconstructive procedures in the office setting. He provides the patient with local anesthesia and oral sedation as needed to ensure a pleasant experience. Intravenous or general anesthesia may be necessary depending on complexity and patient preference. Operative procedures are performed on campus at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Feinberg or Prentice pavilions. Dr. Ellis provides the comprehensive care of wounds ranging from local flaps, skin grafting and cartilage grafting to tissue expansion and free tissue transfer (microsurgery).

What to Expect After Skin Cancer Treatment

Dr. Ellis takes special care to monitor every patient’s progress throughout the recovery. The prevention of scarring is tantamount to a good result. There may be a role for office-based steroid/anti-inflammatory injections or laser treatments to minimize changes in pigment or scar thickness. Dr. Ellis follows a carefully laid algorithm to minimize the likelihood of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation.

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