Skin Cancer Removal

At Heartland Dermatology, we offer a variety of treatments designed to remove skin cancer. While all the treatments we offer are both safe and effective, Dr. Shaffer and his providers will meet with you to discuss your unique situation, and which option will be best for you. View our skin cancer removal treatments below:


Surgical Excision

This standard technique involves removal of a skin cancer with a scalpel taking adequate tissue around the margins of the lesion. The margins are later evaluated by a pathologist to ensure the complete removal of the lesion. While Mohs micrographic surgery is recommended for the face, excisions are generally performed on the trunk and extremities.


Curettage describes the superficial scraping away of the identified skin cancer. The area around the lesion is numbed with local anesthetic, then a sharp instrument, called a curette, is used for scraping. An electric current from a special machine is used to control bleeding and kill any cancer cells remaining around the edge of the wound. Recurrence is not uncommon and regular check-ups are recommended. 


Some forms of skin cancer may respond to radiation treatments. This is the use of x-rays to destroy the cancer cells. If this is the best treatment for you, you will be referred to the appropriate treatment center. The affected area generally needs to be treated several times over a number of weeks to reach a dose that is effective for the size and stage of your skin cancer.


Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy is used to “freeze” the premalignant and benign lesions of the skin, most commonly Actinic Keratosis as well as some superficial skin cancers. The treated skin may initially swell and become reddened for a day or two, then peel over the next week leaving healthy new skin. Actinic Keratosis that do not respond to this treatment may need to be biopsied to make certain they have not transformed into skin cancer.


Aldara (imiquimod) is an immune response modifier. Aldara is used to treat actinic keratosis (a condition caused by too much sun exposure) on the face and scalp. Aldara (for the skin) is also used to treat a minor form of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma, when surgery would not be an appropriate treatment.


Erivedge (vismodegib) is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth of certain cancer cells in the body. Erivedge is used to treat extensive and advanced cases of basal cell carcinoma.

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At Heartland Dermatology Center our involvement in community and the state of Kansas is a top priority. We continue to strive to meet the needs of our patients, and with this in mind we are excited to announce the expansion of Heartland Dermatology Center with a clinic in Newton, KS.

We look forward to serving the Newton community and providing exceptional dermatological care. For more information and to access our new patient paper work, please visit our website To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 316-282-8100.

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700 Medical Center Drive
St 101
Newton, KS 67114
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4 Convenient Locations

785 827 2500
785 827 2515
828 Elmhurst
Salina, KS 67401

P 785 628 3231
785 628 3174
2707 Vine | STE 10
Hays, KS 67601

P 620 792 3666
620 792 3667
1017-C Jackson Square
Great Bend, KS 67530

P 316 282 8100
F 833 886 9695
700 Medical Center Dr.

STE 101, Newton, KS 67114

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Thank you for visiting Heartland Dermatology! Please contact us using our contact form, or give us a call at any one of our three locations in Salina, Hays & Great Bend.

Salina Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Great Bend Office Hours:  8:00AM to 5:00PM Monday through Thursday. Hays Office Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00AM through 12:00PM on Friday.

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