Treatment Options for Skin Cancer

At My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, understanding and effectively addressing skin cancer with the most appropriate and advanced treatments is fundamental to our mission. This comprehensive guide explores a variety of treatment pathways, meticulously tailored to accommodate the specific types and stages of skin cancer, ensuring that every patient at My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise has access to the optimal care necessary for their condition. By prioritising personalised treatment plans, we strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients, affirming our commitment to leading-edge care in the field of dermatology.

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Key Takeaways 

  • Multiple Options: Treatment varies from surgical procedures to radiation and emerging targeted therapies.
  • Early Diagnosis: Early detection significantly enhances treatment success rates.
  • Professional Care: Consult healthcare experts for a tailored treatment plan.
  • Follow-up Care: Regular check-ups post-treatment are crucial for monitoring health.
  • Sun Protection: Continuous protection against UV rays is essential to prevent recurrence.

Understanding Skin Cancer Treatments 

Skin cancer, a prevalent concern worldwide, arises predominantly from skin cell damage, usually due to UV exposure. The treatment method adopted depends on the cancer type, its stage, and the patient’s overall health. Regular skin cancer checks are essential for early detection and effective treatment. Here’s an overview of the various treatments available:

Surgical Options 

  • Excisional Surgery: This common approach involves cutting out the cancerous tissue and a surrounding margin of healthy skin.
  • Mohs Surgery: Particularly effective for non-melanoma skin cancers, this technique allows for immediate examination of removed tissue, thus minimising the removal of healthy skin.

Non-Surgical Methods 

  • Cryotherapy: Uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy abnormal cells.
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT): Combines light-based treatment and a photosensitising agent to destroy cancer cells.
  • Topical Treatments: Creams or gels applied directly to the skin, useful in treating superficial skin cancers.

Advanced Therapies 

  • Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy: These newer treatments focus on specific genetic changes seen in some skin cancers. They help the immune system recognise and attack cancer cells.

Comprehensive Treatment Approaches 

Treatment for skin cancer often extends beyond the initial interventions, involving comprehensive strategies that include preventive measures, follow-up care, and sometimes adjuvant therapies, which are additional treatments given after the primary treatment to reduce the risk of the cancer returning.

Preventive Measures 

Prevention is a critical aspect of skin cancer management, especially for individuals who have already been treated for the condition. It includes: 

  • Sun Protection: Using Sun Protection & Sunscreens with a high SPF, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun exposure hours can significantly reduce the risk of developing or exacerbating skin cancer. This preventive measure is a crucial part of skin health maintenance and is highly recommended alongside regular skin checks.
  • Regular Skin Checks: Monthly self-examinations and professional skin checks are vital for early detection of any new changes or developments that might suggest a recurrence or new skin cancer.

Follow-up Care 

After treatment, the healthcare journey continues with regular follow-ups. These visits allow doctors to monitor recovery and detect any signs of recurrence early. During these sessions, healthcare providers may use various diagnostic tests and assessments to ensure the cancer has not returned and that the patient remains healthy. Our services at My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise include a comprehensive post-treatment care program designed to support patients during their recovery. This includes regular health evaluations, skin checks, and personalised counseling to address any ongoing health needs or concerns. By providing these services, we aim to maintain the highest level of health for our patients and minimise the risk of cancer recurrence.

Adjuvant Therapies 

For some patients, additional treatments may be necessary after the primary treatment, especially in cases where there is a higher risk of recurrence. These therapies might include:

  • Chemotherapy: For certain types of skin cancer, chemotherapy can be used to kill any remaining cancer cells.
  • Radiation Therapy: Often used when cancer has spread or there is a high risk of spread, radiation therapy can help reduce the risk of cancer returning.

Innovative Treatments and Research 

The field of dermatological oncology is continually evolving, with research bringing forward new therapies and improving existing ones. Some of the latest advancements in skin cancer treatment include:

  • Gene Therapy: Researchers are exploring ways to repair or replace faulty genes associated with skin cancer, potentially stopping the cancer before it starts or treating it at a genetic level.
  • Vaccine Development: Therapeutic vaccines that help the immune system to fight cancer are under development and could provide a new way to treat or even prevent skin cancer.

Case Studies and Success Stories 

Real-world examples and success stories can provide hope and guidance for those currently battling skin cancer. For instance, targeted therapies have shown remarkable success in treating advanced melanoma, which previously had very few effective treatment options. These stories underscore the importance of early detection and tailored treatment strategies. At My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, we pride ourselves on delivering personalised care and achieving successful outcomes. Discover more about our approach and values on our about us page.

The Role of Technology in Skin Cancer Treatment 

Technology plays a crucial role in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring skin cancer. Innovations such as digital dermoscopy and AI-powered imaging help in the early detection and accurate diagnosis of skin cancer. Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment technologies at My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise include state-of-the-art equipment and techniques that improve the precision of diagnoses and the effectiveness of treatments. Telemedicine also offers a convenient option for follow-ups and consultations, making it easier for patients to stay engaged with their treatment plans.

Digital Health Records 

The use of digital health records in dermatology enhances the continuity of care by allowing doctors to access patient histories, treatment responses, and test results quickly and efficiently. This integration ensures that each patient’s care strategy is as informed and responsive as possible.

Lifestyle and Skin Cancer 

While treatment is paramount, lifestyle factors also play a significant role in the management of skin cancer. Recommendations include:

  • Diet and Nutrition: A healthy diet rich in antioxidants can help support the immune system and potentially reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity has been shown to improve outcomes in cancer patients and can enhance overall well-being during and after treatment.
  • Stress Management: Reducing stress through techniques such as yoga, meditation, or counselling can positively impact the overall health of cancer patients.

Each of these elements—lifestyle, technology, comprehensive care, and innovative research—contributes to a holistic approach to treating and managing skin cancer, providing patients with the best possible outcomes and improving their quality of life.


Navigating through skin cancer treatment options can be daunting, but with the right medical advice and a comprehensive care approach, effective management is possible. If you or a loved one are facing a skin cancer diagnosis, contact us at My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise for personalised care and expert treatment options. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way.


Early-stage skin cancers are typically treated with surgical methods, including excisional surgery and Mohs surgery, which offer high success rates.

Yes, options such as cryotherapy, PDT, and topical medications are effective non-surgical treatments, particularly for non-melanoma skin cancers.

The choice of treatment should be guided by a healthcare professional based on the type, location, and stage of the cancer, as well as the patient’s overall health.

Side effects vary depending on the treatment and can range from scarring and discomfort to more specific effects related to targeted therapies and immunotherapy.

Regular follow-ups are crucial and should be scheduled as recommended by your healthcare provider to monitor for any signs of recurrence or new skin cancers.

Podiatrist Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke is a Podiatrist who specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of pain in the foot, ankle and lower limb. Paul has worked amongst multidisciplinary clinical settings including GP’s, Podiatric Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons & Specialists, Chronic disease specialists and Podiatrists who specialise in Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications. Paul is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Paul has a reputation for being particularly skilled and precise with a scalpel. His professional clinical interests include but are not limited to:

  • Toe nail surgeries (both PNA/TNA with matrix phenolisation). Toe and nail pathologies (Elongated nails, toe and nail deformity and fungal nail infections).
  • Achilles Tendonopathies (Trained in shockwave therapy). Heel pain (Plantar fasciitis, fat pad atrophy, nerve entrapment, apophysitis and osteochondrosis)
  • Ankle pathologies (Sprains, nerve impingements and tarsal coalitions)
  • Forefoot pathologies (Forefoot deformities/pain, Morton’s neuroma, bursitis, bunions and arthritis). Mid foot pathologies (Osteoarthritis and Tibial Post dysfunction/adult acquired flatfoot deformity)
  • Hip and lower back pain from mal foot alignment and tibial/femoral torsion
  • Paediatrics (Wart debridement, developmental growth milestones, orthotics, general assessments and deformities of the lower limb)
  • Diabetic assessments and education
  • Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications (Custom and off the shelf devices and biomechanical assessments).


Paul Clarke forms a great asset to any multidisciplinary clinical team. Renowned for his kind and warm nature, Paul tends to build great rapport with patients and medical professionals alike.

Physiotherapist Patrick Harrington

Patrick Harrington Physiotherapist, B Ex Sc, M Phty Patrick has a strong interest for learning about the human body and educating on the best ways to ensure successful rehabilitation when injured.

Patrick graduated Griffith University with a Bachelor in Exercise Science, followed by a Masters in Physiotherapy degree. With a background in competitive surf-lifesaving and swimming, he has a passion for treating and educating on injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system. Patrick approaches each individual patient by educating and empowering them, in order to achieve the best health outcomes possible.

Patrick’s professional interests include:

Musculoskeletal Injuries: Treating areas including shoulders, neck & lower back, ankles, hips, and wrists, by creating programs containing manual therapy and exercises to benefit each individual patient.

Cardiorespiratory Conditions: Education and use of a variety of breathing techniques, as well as walking programs to obtain the best health outcomes.

Neurological Conditions: Retraining of gait, developing muscle strength, and developing a specific program in order to restore deficits as much as possible.

Dietitian Kailey Henry

Kailey has a passion for food and learning how nutrients interact and influence the health of our bodies.
Kailey graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and has since been sharing her passion and expertise within the community through individual consultations and group education. Kailey takes a holistic and individualized approach to nutrition, with a focus on empowering each individual to make positive, lifelong lifestyle changes through achievable goals.

Kailey’s professional interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Paediatric nutrition and pregnancy/breastfeeding
  • Education & strategies for fussy eaters, faltering growth, meeting key nutrition recommendations for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Chronic disease management
  • Nutritional management of diabetes, cholesterol health, cardiovascular disease, COPD, renal disease and liver disease.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Minimising abdominal discomfort, improving altered bowel habits, education on food choices for self-management.

Dr Day Hong Ma

Qualifications: Currently registered in the Medical Council of Australia as a Vocational Registered GP and Specialist General Surgeon. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Adelaide, South Australia MBBS. Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and London Master degree in Skin Cancer Medicine in University of Queensland. Extensive experience in various aspects of General Practice. In the past I have been a Senior Lecturer of the University of Queensland and Assistant Professor of Bond University involving teaching medical students. I was a supervisor for the Royal Australasian College of General Practice, involved in training junior GP. I also trained many Overseas Trained Doctors. At the present time I am a GP with the following special interests : 1. Skin Cancers skin cancer checks with Mol Max and dermoscopy. I was awarded a Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy from the International Dermoscopy Society surgical excisions of complex skin cancers ( sun cancers and melanomas ) non surgical approach to some skin cancers and precancerous lesions such as Photo Dynamic Therapy and cautery and curettage. 2. Cosmetic Medicine This includes micro needling, platelet rich plasma, and injectables such as fillers and neuromuscular modulators. I have completed the training course under the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Australian Skin Skills Education and Training. Dr Ma also speaks Chinese Mandarin

Dr Greeshma Tummala

I am overseas trained GP and practiced for more than 5 years in India although completed AMC licensing exam here. In India, I have practiced in all aspects of general practice.

My areas of Interest are: Women’s Health, cervical cancer screening, Antenatal Care, Child Immunisations, Chronic Disease Management, Implanon Insertion and Removal, Mental Health, Pregnancy Counselling, Travel Vaccinations, Women’s Health, Medicinal Treatment.

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini

Qualifications: MBBS, AMC Certified, FRACGP, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Speaks: English, Balochi, Brahui, Hindi, and Urdu

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a highly experienced General Practitioner (GP) / Family Medicine Physician with a distinguished career spanning over 20 years in the field of healthcare. Renowned for his profound knowledge, comprehensive and compassionate approach, Dr. Tariq Jamaldini ensures that every family member, from infants to seniors, receives the individualised care they deserve. With a strong commitment to promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of his patients, Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has solidified his reputation as a trusted healthcare professional in the community. His medical practice is built on a foundation of integrity, empathy, and a genuine desire to improve the lives of those he treats. Through his dedication to continues learning and clinical excellence, he has expertly diagnosed, treated, and managed a wide range of health conditions, placing him at the forefront of Family Medicine.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Tariq Jamaldini’s diverse expertise encompasses various areas of medicine, making him a well-rounded practitioner capable of addressing a wide range of patient needs. His dedication to improving the health and well-being of his patients continues to be the driving force behind his successful medical career. 

  • General Practice: Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a trusted General Practitioner (GP) who focuses on providing a wide range of general medical services to patients of all ages. Whether you need preventive care, health assessments, or treatment for common illnesses, you can trust Dr. Jamaldini to deliver compassionate and personalized healthcare with his holistic approach.  
  • Cosmetic Medicine: Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has been actively involved in performing cosmetic procedures since 2009. His interest in cosmetic medicine reflects his belief in the importance of helping patients look and feel their best. His expertise in cosmetic procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, PRP injections, allows him to provide patients with safe and effective solutions to enhance their appearance and boost their confidence.
  • Skin Cancer: Tariq Jamaldini takes a proactive approach to skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. His comprehensive knowledge of skin cancer, coupled with his skill in performing screenings and providing treatment options, has saved many lives. 
  • Medicinal Prescriber: Tariq Jamaldini is a certified and authorized specialist prescriber for medicinal, helping patients manage chronic pain and various medical conditions with this alternative therapy. His thorough understanding of the medical benefits of ensures that patients receive the best possible care. 
  • Men’s Health: Tariq Jamaldini understands the unique healthcare needs of men and provides specialized services tailored to men’s health concerns. Whether its addressing issues related to prostate health, sexual health, hormonal imbalances, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculations, hair loss or overall wellness, Dr. Jamaldini is here to support men in their healthcare journey.
  • Opioid Dependence Treatment: Dr Tariq Jamaldini has been a licensed opioid prescriber with Queensland Opioid Treatment Program since 2013. During this time, he has successfully treated and stabilized a significant number of patients who were struggling with opioid dependency. If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of opioid addiction, Dr. Jamaldini provides compassionate and evidence-based treatment choices. His steady dedication is focused on assisting individuals in their journey to overcome addiction and reclaim their health and overall well-being.

Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini dedication to providing high-quality healthcare, combined with his multifaceted expertise, makes him a respected and valued member of the medical community. His patients appreciate his unwavering commitment to their well-being and the comprehensive care he provides across various medical disciplines.

Book an online appointment or call: 07 55922299

Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril

General Practitioner, Male, MBBS, AMC, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.Speaks Malayalam, and English  Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril is a vocationally qualified and experienced General Practitioner from India having completed his Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India in 2002. He started his medical career in various medical facilities in Kerala, India. He moved to Australia in 2007 and commenced working at Alice Springs Hospital, NT. He has since worked in hospitals in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and commenced General Practice in 2016 in Kilcoy QLD followed by North Stradbroke Island and Beaudesert. He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners in 2021. Dr Altaf has special interests in Chronic Disease Management, Acute Management and Mental health amongst other areas of General Practice. He also performs skin cancer checks and minor skin procedures. Dr Altaf speaks Malayalam in addition to English.  

Areas of interest:

  • General Family Medicine
  • Mens health
  • Chronic disease management
  • Health assessments
  • Mental health
  • Skin cancer Checks
  • Minor surgical procedures.

Dr Paul Fisher

Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Dip RACOG) Dr.Fisher qualified as a Pharmacist before completing a medical degree at The University of Tasmania. After working in hospitals & General Practice in Tasmania & Queensland, He commenced work at My Doctors Clinic (formerly The Day & Night Medical Centre) 20 years ago. He is a Medical Officer in The Air Force Reserve & has worked as a Doctor for the Defence Department over the past 30 years. Paul is interested in all areas of General Practice with a special interest in Mental Health (He is a Doctor for Beyond Blue), Obstetrics (Maternity) & Diabetes.