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An Introduction to Mohs Surgery

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Mohs Surgery
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As a member of Family Dermatology in Atlanta, Georgia, Paula Nelson, MD, welcomed patients with a variety of skin conditions and cancers. For her patients with basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, Paula Nelson, MD, applied training in Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS).

MMS is considered to be the industry standard for treating basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. It has a cure rate of 98 percent or higher, which makes it by far the most statistically effective treatment option for these cancers.

The concept of Mohs surgery is simple. The surgeon removes a single layer of cancerous tissue from a tumor and places that tissue under a microscope while the surgery is still in progress. If the examined tissue shows cancer cells on the margins, the surgeon removes the next layer of tissue and investigates that layer microscopically. The process continues until the surgeon finds a layer of cells with cancer-free margins, at which point the surgery is finished.

The methodical nature of Mohs surgery allows for complete removal of cancer cells, which in turn almost completely reduces the chance of recurrence. The technique also minimizes loss of healthy tissue, which in turn leads to the most aesthetically and functionally desirable post-surgery results.

Call for Abstracts Open for 2018 Annual Meeting of the ASDP

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Experienced dermatopathologist Paula Nelson, MD, has been been working in her field for more than 25 years. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she has worked in a number of settings in and around Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her clinical work, Paula Nelson, MD, is a longtime member of the American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP).

The ASDP’s 55th Annual Meeting will be held on November 8-11, 2018, at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. The call for abstracts for the conference is currently open and features three separate categories: General Abstracts, Duel in Dermatopathology (for residents in both the dermatology and pathology tracks), and Dermatopathology Fellows.

Individuals may submit an unlimited number of abstracts for consideration in each category. The deadline for the General Abstract and Duel in Dermatopathology categories is May 15, 2018, while the Dermatopathology Fellows category deadline is August 15, 2018. To learn more about the conference, register, or submit an abstract, visit adsp.org/annual-meeting/home.