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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
207 Silver Palm Avenue
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Chanda works as a dermatopathologist and mohs skin cancer surgeon. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chanda include skin issues. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chanda is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Skin Issues

Dr. Terrence Allan Cronin Jr., MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1399 S Harbor City Boulevard
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Terrence Cronin is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Cronin graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
333 Sheridan Road
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Adam Wiener works as a pediatric dermatologist and mohs skin cancer surgeon in Melbourne, FL. His clinical interests include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wiener's education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Wellington Regional Medical Center. Dr. Wiener is professionally affiliated with Holmes Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
5070 Minton Road Nw; Suite 5
Palm Bay, FL
 

Dr. Ruben Moreno is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Cocoa Beach, FL and Palm Bay, FL. In his practice, Dr. Moreno focuses on skin issues. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Skin Issues

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What is MOHS-Micrographic Surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical treatment for skin cancer that was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s. It is the most effective technique for removing the most common types of skin cancer. For the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs has a 98-99% cure rate. The remarkable thing about Mohs is that it manages to be extremely good at removing all of the cancer cells while at the same time leaving behind most of the healthy tissue, so there is a smaller wound. This makes the procedure safer, speeds up the the recovery time, and minimizes scarring.

During Mohs surgery, skin around the cancer site is mapped out and removed in thin layers. Then each layer is examined under a microscope for cancer cells, while the surgery is in progress. If cancer cells are detected, the surgery continues and another layer is removed. If the skin is clear, the surgery can be stopped. This eliminates the guesswork for surgeons. There is no need to estimate the borders or roots of the cancer and no need to remove a margin of healthy tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed.

Even though Mohs has a high cure rate, is safer than other treatments, and takes less tissue, not every skin cancer is treated with Mohs. First, Mohs takes quite a bit longer than traditional surgery because each layer of skin must be carefully cut, prepped, and examined. It is also more expensive and may not always be covered by insurance. In addition, for smaller or less aggressive cancers that are easier to treat, the cure rate for non-Mohs treatments is close to that of Mohs; thus, the extra time and cost of Mohs might not be justified. Other kinds of skin cancer, such as melanoma, are hard to see under a microscope. Since melanoma is so dangerous, Mohs has traditionally not been used to treat it, as there is too much risk for missed cancer cells being left behind in the body. However, recent developments in stains (which make cancer cells more visible under a microscope) may change the role of Mohs in melanoma treatment.

Mohs microsurgery has changed the way doctors treat skin cancer in the past 80 years, and it continues to gain in popularity as it increases the effectiveness and safety of skin cancer treatment.