Surgery for larger skin cancers

There are different types of surgery for larger skin cancers or cancer that has spread. Find out about having surgery for larger skin cancers, including about types of surgery, how to prepare and possible side effects after surgery.

Types of surgery for larger skin cancers

Find out about the different types of surgery for larger skin cancers or cancer that has spread.

Preparing for surgery

Find out how you are prepared for your operation.

Going into hospital

Find out about what you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

You usually have surgery under a local anaesthetic. But you might have a a general anaesthetic if you need to have a larger operation.

After surgery

How you feel after skin cancer surgery depends on what operation you have. 

Last reviewed: 
23 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
23 Oct 2023
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