Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V07160501
Mohs surgery for basal cell carcinoma
Micrographic surgery is currently the only technique which ensures complete removal of basal cell carcinomas. The major limitation is the high set-up cost, which is particularly connected with specialized training of surgeons, technicians and the set-up of a histology facility for frozen tissue sectioning and staining. In the long run, however, the cost of Mohs surgery per patient does not exceed that of conventional surgery. The technique is very safe and has multiple advantages over any other treatment modality. It achieves the highest cure rates, it is minimally invasive, it is tissue-sparing and it enables the optimal closure of the surgical defect. Mohs surgery is cost-effective, especially when dealing with poorly demarcated, high-risk, facial tumours, where it should be considered as the first choice of treatment.