Jerry Rogerson

Mohs surgery alternatives

"I called Dr. Todd Schlesinger at the Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston on Dec. 7 and she was seen on Dec. 8. We were extremely pleased with their compassion and professionalism."

My sister-in-law had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from her head at the MUSC-Summerville Branch in late November. The doctor informed her that she needed to make an appointment with a Mohs surgeon to remove any remaining cancer cells.

Mohs surgeons treat skin cancer by removing thin layers of cancer-containing skin until only cancer-free tissue remains.

When we called to make an appointment, we discovered that the two Mohs surgeons at MUSC were booked for nearly three months.

Our concern was that her cancer cells would continue to grow for three months while we waited. This was unacceptable, and I Googled all Mohs surgeons in South Carolina.

I called Dr. Todd Schlesinger at the Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston on Dec. 7 and she was seen on Dec. 8. We were extremely pleased with their compassion and professionalism. The suture line is healing beautifully, and she has great peace of mind knowing that she is clear.

I did not write this letter to disparage MUSC in any way. They have provided superb care to our family for 30 years. I wrote this letter to let anyone facing Mohs surgery know that there are alternatives.

*This letter testimonial originally appeared in Charleston’s Post and Courier.

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