Your care team will consider an eyelid tumor’s size and location and the cancer type before developing a treatment plan that’s right for you.
In most cases of eyelid cancer, doctors recommend surgery to remove the tumor. They also take a bit of healthy tissue (called a margin) to ensure no cancer remains.
Our team includes experienced surgeons with fellowship training in advanced eye cancer treatments and plastic and reconstructive surgery. This in-depth training enables our specialists to perform intricate procedures to remove difficult-to-treat cancers and rebuild the eyelid.
Multiple doctors may participate in your care. You may need one surgery to remove cancer and a second reconstructive procedure. We use leading eyelid reconstructive techniques to re-create the eyelid and restore its look and function.
For basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or sebaceous carcinoma, your doctor may recommend Mohs micrographic surgery. For this procedure, a surgeon removes cancer cells one layer at a time. After each layer, the surgeon immediately inspects cells under a microscope, repeating the process until no cancer remains.
This treatment is highly effective while protecting healthy tissue, which can lead to a smaller scar. Learn more about Mohs surgery.
In some cases, patients with advanced BCC may benefit from chemotherapy (interferon) injections into the tumor. This medication can shrink the tumor, enabling surgeons to remove cancer while preserving vital structures.