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)

Imiquimod cream uses your body’s natural defences to help kill cancer cells. Find out how you have it and what the side effects are.

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.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Find out how and when you might have chemotherapy for skin cancer. 

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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