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We found 4 mohs skin cancer surgeons near Spokane, WA.

Dr. Joel Kent Sears, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1807 N Hutchinson Road
Spokane Valley, WA
 

Dr. Joel Sears is a specialist in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sears include birthmark, cosmetic skin treatment, and laser treatment. Dr. Sears's professional affiliations include Deaconess Medical Center and Deaconess Hospital. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Sears is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
12615 E Mission; Suite #300
Spokane, WA
 

Dr. William Werschler sees patients in Spokane, WA. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Werschler's clinical interests include academic dermatology, nail issues, and psoriasis. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

Dr. Chadd J Sukut, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1807 N Hutchinson Road
Spokane Valley, WA
 

Dr. Chadd Sukut is a Spokane, WA physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sukut include skin issues. Dr. Sukut's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Sukut is professionally affiliated with Deaconess Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Skin Issues, Skin Cancer

Dr. Joseph L Cvancara, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1807 N Hutchinson Road
Spokane Valley, WA
 

Dr. Joseph Cvancara sees patients in Spokane, WA. His medical specialties are dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cosmetic skin treatment, laser treatment, and skin cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Cvancara's education and training includes medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases

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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.