Treatment for Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Cancers in Older Patients

Treatment decisions seem independent of life expectancy, functional status, and comorbidities.

Treatment for patients with cutaneous basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) — both so common in older patients — can vary in intensity, complications, cosmetic results, recurrence rates, and cost. Mohs surgery is associated with certain advantages, especially in lesions with high risk for recurrence, but it is more time consuming and costly than simple excision or electrodessication and curettage. Learn more.