We do a shave biopsy on a patient’s face to confirm the presence of basal cell carcinoma, nodular type. There was cancer remaining on the edges of the sample. This area will be re-examined in the coming months. Any area suspicious for recurrence of the cancer can be treated with liquid nitrogen cyrotherapy at that time. This is much simpler and less expensive than the Mohs surgery that would have been needed had this turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma.
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