During surgery, you will be given anesthesia. This will cause numbness in the area so you won’t feel any pain. Most surgeons prefer to give local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia because they have less risks and side effects. Skin cancer surgery is fairly quick compared to other types of surgery.
After skin cancer treatment, you can expect to feel some soreness or pain. You will have some stitches to close the incisions and allow the skin to heal nicely. You will likely notice some liquid or blood oozing for a few days after the surgery. As a scab forms, the stitches may feel itchy. Clean and disinfect the area as needed and avoid scratching or touching it. Radiotherapy may cause some nausea or gastrointestinal disturbances in some patients if their abdomen is irradiated.
In the case your skin cancer treatment requires chemotherapy, your doctor and pharmacist will educate you on how these medications are taken. Chemotherapy differs from drugs used to treat other illnesses. Instead of taking doses several times a day, chemotherapy is done in cycles with intervals of several weeks. Chemotherapy drugs often cause unwanted side effects such as fatigue, hair loss, increased risk of infection, and GI problems. Your doctor may give other medications to treat these effects.
In summary, skin cancer treatment is fairly straight-forward compared to other types of cancers. Early detection is the most important factor when it comes to treatment success. Fortunately, most types of skin cancers only require surgery which has fewer side effects than chemotherapy. Talk to your doctor today if you notice any suspicious moles or marks on your skin and always remember to wear sunscreen and limit your exposure to sunlight to reduce you risk of developing skin cancer.