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.

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


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

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.