Management of non-melanoma skin cancer
Graduate School of Nursing; UMass Memorial Division of Dermatology
Medical Subject Headings
Carcinoma, Basal Cell; Carcinoma, Squamous Cell; Humans; Neoplasm Recurrence, Local; Skin Neoplasms
Dermatology | Neoplasms | Nursing | Oncology | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases
OBJECTIVES: To review types of, and treatment for, non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC): basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and less common NMSC.
DATA SOURCES: Standards of care, dermatology texts, peer-reviewed journals.
CONCLUSION: BCC grows slowly and rarely metastasizes; some BCC subtypes can be aggressive and destructive. Early treatment of SCC is usually successful; untreated SCC will penetrate underlying tissue, invade lymph nodes, and metastasize. Treatment options for NMSC are based on patient and tumor characteristics, which determine whether a lesion is low or high risk for cancer recurrence after treatment.
IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nurses are integral for educating patients about measures to prevent new skin cancers and for monitoring for recurrence of NMSC.
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Citation: Semin Oncol Nurs. 2013 Aug;29(3):182-94. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2013.06.004. Link to article on publisher's site
Lazareth, Victoria, "Management of non-melanoma skin cancer" (2013). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 541.