Frequently Asked Questions

Basal Cell Carcinomas

Does stress increases the chance of developing further BCCs?

No hard and fast rule. In some people they do slow down with age, in others there is little difference.

Do Basal Cell Carcinomas ever stop in Gorlin Syndrome?

No hard and fast rule. In some people they do slow down with age, in others there is little difference.

 

 

 

What is Moh's Surgery?

The procedure is a form of surgical excision that has been modified with mapping the margins of the tissue specimen to determine whether tumour remains. This technique spares normal tissue because of the microscopic control involved. The pain, post-operative result, follow up care and healing are similar as with standard surgical excisions. The overall chance of a cure with Moh's surgery is 99%.

 

 

Is radiotherapy treatment recommended for Gorlin Syndrome?

In some patients with Gorlin Syndrome radiotherapy may lead to rapid development of new basal cell carcinomas and therefore should be used under special / exceptional circumstances.

 

 


 Originally produced by Professor P. A. Farndon, Clinical Geneticist, Jim Costello (deceased) and Margaret Costello.  We are reliant on a team of medical advisors for the clinical content of the website. We are grateful for their continuing support. 
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