This book describes the methods a dermatologist, pathologist, or technician can use to optimize the Mohs technique in skin cancer treatment.
Mohs surgery is a highly effective treatment for certain cutaneous and oral pharyngeal cancers. The procedure allows for the precise and complete removal of cancers while preserving significant amounts of normal tissue. Through the presentation and orientation of the specimens' complete surgical margin on pathology slides, the location of tumor foci and other relevant findings can be correlated with their locations on the surgical wound. The ability to create perfect slides for histological examination lies at the core of effective Mohs surgery. These procedures have a 99 per cent cure rate for certain cancers when implemented correctly. This book describes the methods the dermatologist, pathologist, or technician can use to optimize the Mohs technique and produce the highest-quality slides and highest cure rates possible.
, MD, is Clinical Professor in the Division of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and is also in private practice in dermatology in San Diego, California. Howard K. Steinman, MD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and is in private practice in dermatology and cosmetic surgery in Chula Vista, California.