There are a variety of treatments for skin cancer. The options offered to you will depend on several factors including the size of the skin cancer, where it is on your body and your biopsy results.

  • Making treatment decisions

    Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. Having the right information will help you make the right decision for you.

  • Surgery

    Surgery is the most common treatment for skin cancer. How it's done depends mostly on the size of the cancer and where it is.

  • Cryotherapy

    It may be possible to remove very small cancers that only affect the surface layers of the skin by freezing them. This is called cryotherapy or cryosurgery.

  • Radiotherapy

    Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat cancer.

  • Supportive and other treatments

    Other treatments can be used as part of the main cancer treatment and to treat side-effects.

  • Clinical trials

    Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.

  • After treatment

    Many people who have surgery for basal cell carcinomas and very early-stage squamous cell carcinomas will not need any follow-up.