A squamous cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer that originates from the squamous cells, which are a special type of skin cell. A squamous cell cancer forms on various parts of the skin and one of its most common sites is the trunk. While mild carcinomas can be treated with topical medications, most patients need to undergo surgical excision to make sure that all malignant tissues are removed. After undergoing surgery, they may need to undergo further treatment to make sure no cancer cells are left in the body.
Nowadays, both cancer surgery and the subsequent cancer therapy can cost a lot. With cost and availability of treatment both prevailing concerns, patients have limited options when it comes to seeking the treatment they need. The good news is, advanced, effective, and cost-efficient cancer treatment is now easier to find for patients who are willing to travel to Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia is fast becoming the centre of medical tourism, rising up to the ranks of the likes of the United States and Canada on top of the tier. Part of this massive growth is due to the availability of advanced medical technologies in key countries in the region, namely Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Some of the advanced cancer therapies available in these countries include brachytherapy, which is an internal form of radiotherapy, and Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is currently the preferred treatment for squamous cell carcinoma of skin because it specifically targets malignant cells without affecting healthy cells. This procedure, however, requires both Mohs-trained specialists and state-of-the-art surgical equipment.
To make the hospital selection process easier for patients seeking cancer therapy, they are advised to look for medical facilities with the sought-after Gold Seal of Approval, which means they are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), an international standards monitoring body that promotes rigorous standards of medical care. JCI accredited medical facilities in Southeast Asia include Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, Bumrungrad International in Bangkok, Subang Jaya Medical Centre in Malaysia, and Pantai Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.