Skin cancer

Skin cancer surgery at the University of Ottawa.

Despite our understanding of the need to protect our skin from the damaging effects of the sun, statistics show that the incidence of skin cancer is on the rise in Canada. Many types of skin cancer including melanoma,  basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are primarily treated through surgical means by plastic reconstructive surgeons, alongside the specialized care of dermatologists and oncologists. The type of skin cancer surgery that is employed will depend on the type of cancer, how large it is, where it is on the body as well as other factors. For cancers with a high risk of spreading, radiation and chemotherapy may also be required. The Division of Plastic Surgery provides the highest standards of reconstruction for patients with skin cancers. These may include flaps or skin grafts based on each patient’s unique needs.

The Faculty of Plastic Surgery at the University of Ottawa employs the latest advancements in skin cancer reconstructive surgical methods to ensure safety, optimal outcomes and patient satisfaction.