Carcinoma treatment

Highly successful cure for carcinoma cases

Spring 2008

£30,690 for Mohs equipment used in the treatment of basal carcinoma at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer in the UK; although slow growing it can spread deeper into tissue or bone, or develop into an ulcer that doesn't heal.

Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is a four stage treatment procedure that involves surgical oncology under local anaesthetic to cut out the carcinoma. The tissue is mapped to see the carcinoma's extent in the body and any removed tissue is studied to see if cancerous cells remain; the procedure can be repeated until all cancerous cells are removed. Finally reconstructive surgery is performed, normally a skin graft.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has highlighted a shortage of Mohs surgeons in the UK, this grant will allow for a second centre in the Eastern region, joining the one at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

You are welcome to download the accompanying poster produced by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which shows the real impact this grant has had. Please note it does contain graphic images of surgical procedures.

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