We found 3 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1431 near West Palm Beach, FL.

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Mrs Kathleen Bernadette Herne MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1840 Forest Hill Boulevard; Suite 102
West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Kathleen Herne is a dermatopathologist and mohs skin cancer surgeon in West Palm Beach, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: facial problems, xeomin injection, and rosacea. Dr. Herne studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Sclerotherapy, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Facial Problems, Rosacea, Tattoo Removal, Restylane, Radies ... (Read more)

Supriya Tomar MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Average rating 4.07 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
1411 N Flagler Drive; Suite 3900
West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Supriya Tomar specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in West Palm Beach, FL. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include dermabrasion, thermage, and skin lightening. Dr. Tomar is professionally affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Delphi, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Injectable Fillers, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Facial Problems, Rosacea, Spider Veins, ... (Read more)

Larisa Coye Kelley MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4477 Medical Center Way; Suite A
West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Larisa Kelley is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. She works in West Palm Beach, FL. Her education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Kelley's clinical interests include bellafill (artefill), facial problems, and glycolic peel. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: CoolSculpting, Belotero, Glycolic Peel, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, Juvederm, Facial Problems, Liq ... (Read more)

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.
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