A Buckinghamshire-based dermatologist offering expert diagnosis and treatment for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer.
Dr Sophie Grabczynska is Consultant Dermatologist at the Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust. She offers private diagnosis and treatment for skin cancer at two leading independent hospitals in Buckinghamshire:
- BMI The Chiltern Hospital in Great Missenden
- BMI The Paddocks Hospital in Princes Risborough.
An experienced skin cancer specialist in Buckinghamshire
Trained at the world-renowned St John's Institute of Dermatology, Dr Sophie Grabczynska is an experienced skin specialist who offers personalised patient-specific treatment for skin cancer using the most modern and up-to-date techniques. Friendly and approachable, she is skilled in the assessment of worrying lumps, moles and skin lesions.
Treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer in Buckinghamshire
Non-melanoma skin cancers are slow-growing cancers that develop in the epidermis. Accounting for around 95% of skin cancer cases, the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Associated with overexposure to the sun, signs that a non-melanoma skin cancer is present are a hard, often red, lump on the skin or a skin abnormality that doesn't heal. If identified early, non-melanoma skin cancer is generally very curable as there is a very low risk that it will spread anywhere else in the body.
Dr Grabczynska is able to offer the full range of treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer, including:
The main treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer is surgical excision, removing the cancerous area and a margin of the surrounding healthy skin.
Moh's surgery is a highly specialised technique to completely remove a non-melanoma skin cancer from the face while saving as much healthy tissue as possible. By making a microscopic examination of the cancer and its surrounding margins, it is possible to remove only the tissue that contains cancerous cells, resulting in a smaller scar compared to regular surgical excision and a higher cure rate, with fewer patients needing further surgery due to a recurrence of the skin cancer. Moh's surgery can also be used in cases of melanoma skin cancer.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an innovative non-surgical treatment for superficial BCCs and early and precancerous conditions like Bowen's disease and actinic keratoses. A special light-sensitive drug is applied to the skin in the form of a cream that accumulates selectively in the diseased cells. The skin is then exposed to red light-emitting diodes that activate the light-sensitive drug, destroying the affected cells. In many cases, effective treatment of the cancer can be achieved with only one session of PDT, although some cases may require two sessions timed a week apart.
Treatment of melanoma skin cancer in Buckinghamshire
Accounting for around 5% of skin cancers, melanoma skin cancer is a fast growing cancer that can spread to the other organs of the body. It usually presents as a new mole, or as changes in the colour, border or size of an existing mole. Often irregularly shaped, more than one colour and larger than 6mm in diameter, melanomas may also be itchy and can bleed.
Dr Grabczynska offers expert diagnosis and treatment of melanoma skin cancer, working as part of a multidisciplinary cancer team where necessary.
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