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Skin cancer often first reveals itself on the hands. Darrell L. Henderson, MD provides treatment to patients in Lafayette, LA, who have been diagnosed with skin cancer on the hands. 

The hands are one of the most common areas where people develop skin cancer. The three types of skin cancer are malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. While anyone can develop skin cancer on the hands, some risk factors increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer on your hands:

  • Genetic conditions
  • Family history
  • Frequent sunburns in childhood
  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Certain medical conditions

Darrell L. Henderson, MD understands the anxiety you feel when faced with a possible skin cancer diagnosis. Whether you are looking for treatment for your skin cancer or want to correct the remnants of your treatment, such as scar revision, we look forward to helping you through this difficult time.

How Do I Know If I Have Skin Cancer on My Hands?

Early detection is important in treating skin cancer on your hands. One of the best ways to improve your chances for early detection is to perform a regular at-home examination. Check your hands for any dark marks, and pay close attention to the size, shape, and color. If you notice any changes, call our office for a free consultation and professional evaluation.

Some characteristics of skin cancer on your hands are the following:

  • Asymmetry from one side of the growth to the other
  • Irregular edges
  • Inconsistent color across the growth
  • A growth that is larger than a pencil eraser

What Treatment Is Recommended for Hand Skin Cancer?

Your treatment may include laser treatment, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and other cancer-fighting therapies. Most cases of skin cancer on the hands are treated with surgery. Your plastic surgery may destroy the cancer cells by freezing, using photodynamic energy, or using laser energy. Cancerous growths can also be removed with a scalpel or a method known as “curettage and electrodessication.”

What Happens After My Treatment for Hand Skin Cancer?

The majority of skin cancer cases on the hand are preventable. Wearing protective clothing and sunscreen as well as limiting exposure to harmful environmental agents can minimize the risk of developing this condition. Your plastic surgeon will schedule regular follow-up visits to monitor the skin on your hands for new growths.

What Does Treatment for Hand Skin Cancer Cost?

We accept most insurance including workers’ comp. The total cost of your hand and wrist operation depends on several factors. After your consultation appointment, we give you a total cost that includes anesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated costs. We also offer financing through CareCredit®. To learn more call our office today.

Why Choose Darrell L. Henderson, MD

  • We are the premier providers for reconstruction in Lafayette.
  • Our team of surgical experts are highly qualified to perform a number of different reconstruction procedures.
  • We offer a personalized and individualized treatment approach.
  • We prioritize your health and well-being above all else.

What to Expect During your Consultation

We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:

  • Your medical history
  • Discussion of your concerns and goals
  • Explanation of procedure and expected results
  • Customized treatment plan(s)
  • Applicable fees and financing information

Darrell L. Henderson, MD offers cosmetic treatments using the latest medical advances to patients in entire Acadiana region, including New Iberia, Abbeville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe. For your private consultation, contact our office today.


Darrell Henderson, MD
401 North College Road, Suite 3
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-385-5836
Fax: 337-233-5054

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