Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help. If you have symptoms of cancer contact your doctor.

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You usually have surgery to treat skin cancer, but you might have another treatment. This depends on where your skin cancer is, how big it is and your general health. Find out about the other treatments you might have. 

Treatment options

Find out how your doctor decides which treatment you need and the types of treatment you might have.


The type of surgery you have depends on where the cancer is, how big it is and how deep.


Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells.

Imiquimod cream (Aldara)

Find out about imiquimod cream, how you have it and possible side effects. 

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a drug and a special type of light to destroy cancer cells. Find out when it's used.


When, where and how you have chemotherapy for skin cancer, and the possible side effects.

Follow up

Find out about the follow up you'll need after treatment for skin cancer.

Last reviewed: 
28 Oct 2019

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