A basal cell carcinoma diagnosis can only be obtained through a skin biopsy. For residents of Clearwater, Florida, diagnostics and other services for those with basal cell carcinoma are available at Moffitt Cancer Center in nearby Tampa. Because Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, the oncologists within our Cutaneous Oncology Program have a high level of experience in diagnosing and treating all forms of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma.
When an individual notices an abnormal skin growth, he or she will likely schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or oncologist who can examine the growth and determine if a biopsy is necessary. If a biopsy is required, it is probable that one of the following methods will be used:
- Shave biopsy – The top layers of the growth are removed with a blade.
- Punch biopsy – A small round tool is placed on the skin and then rotated to obtain a deeper tissue sample of the lesion.
- Excisional biopsy – The entire lesion and a small amount of surrounding tissue are removed. The area is then closed with stitches.
Once a patient’s tissue sample has been collected, it is then sent off for diagnostic testing in a lab. There, a pathologist will inspect the cells for signs of cancer and report the findings to the patient’s physician.
If a patient’s biopsy does in fact lead to a basal cell carcinoma diagnosis, the experts within our skin cancer program will develop an individualized treatment plan that will be most effective for their specific cancer. Clearwater, FL, residents who are being treated for basal cell carcinoma at Moffitt also have access to a wide range of supportive care services in the same location where they are receiving treatment. From dietitians to counselors, we have a number of experienced professionals available to help patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.
Clearwater, FL, residents who suspect they may have basal cell carcinoma can obtain a diagnosis at Moffitt. To schedule a consultation, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.