Skin Cancer Treatment

In Sydney, skin cancer is a serious concern. Approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.

Early detection and accurate diagnosis from an experienced surgeon like Dr. John Flood are essential for proper treatment.

Dr. Flood works with several dermatology specialists in the Sydney area, including laser dermatologists, Mohs dermatologists, skin cancer physicians, and radiation therapists. If you have a suspicious mole or lesion, contact Dr. Flood immediately.

Call Sydney (02) 9476 8066

Consultation Appointments Are Available

Contact Dr John Flood to schedule your appointment.

Phone: (02) 9476 8066

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Types Of Skin Cancer

Dr. Flood has a specific interest in facial skin cancer surgery. He often treats skin cancer of the scalp, forehead, eyelids, cheeks, lips, and ears, and he sub-specialises in nose reconstruction. Three of the most common forms of cancer he treats at his office are:

Basal Cell Carcinoma BCC

Most cases of skin cancer in Sydney are abnormal, uncontrollable growths known as basal cell carcinoma. BCC is usually the result of prolonged sun damage and, therefore, develops in exposed areas. A BCC lesion may resemble a sore or scar and can be red, pearly, pink, or pale in colour. Sometimes, it may appear as a depression or scaly area in the skin. BCC is usually treated with surgery but may require more aggressive approaches in advanced stages.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is not as common as BCC, but it can be more severe since it has the potential to spread to other organs. SCC usually appears as a small scaly red patch or wart-like growth that may crust, bleed, or sting. If SCC is caught in the superficial stages, before it invades the skin, it can be treated with creams or liquid nitrogen. Once the disease has progressed, surgical intervention and possible radiation is recommended.


Melanoma is considered as the most serious form of skin cancer, due to its ability to quickly spread throughout the body. Melanoma typically looks like a mole, and can develop from moles, but may also appear as a black, brown or red spot. Melanoma is treatable if it is diagnosed early and can be removed through skin excision. However, ongoing checkups are necessary to detect recurrence.

What To Expect

Dr. Flood treats 900 to 1,000 new cases of skin cancer every year. He combines his knowledge of oncology (study of cancer) with his skill as a reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon to treat cancer while aiming to minimise scarring.

Initial Consultation

A thorough skin examination will be performed so that Dr. Flood can identify the lesion. He will note the size, shape, colour and texture of the area and may also check your lymph glands for signs of swelling. If the skin mark is questionable, a biopsy may be needed for a definitive diagnosis.

Your Surgery

Your treatment will greatly depend on the type of skin cancer present, as well as the stage and location of the disease. Usually, surgical excision under local anaesthetic or twilight sedation is used to remove the tumour. Dr. Flood uses precise surgical techniques to inconspicuously close the wound and minimise the visibility of scarring. Sometimes, skin flaps or grafts can help to minimise scarring or noticeable changes after surgery.

After Your Procedure

A dressing or bandage will be placed on the treatment area to protect the skin as it heals. It’s important to avoid all sun exposure during this time and use any prescribed creams or ointments as directed.

Dr. Flood works with many dermatologists and skin cancer physicians in the area and frequently refers out when additional support is needed. Dr. Flood also works with Moh’s dermatologists through the Darlinghurst and Westmead Skin & Cancer Foundation for complex facial skin cancer excisions and reconstructions.

Skin & Cancer Foundation
Suites 1 & 2, 7 Ashley Lane
Westmead 2145
(02) 8833 3000



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