What is ED&C?

Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C) is another surgical option for the removal of non-aggressive squamous and basal cell skin cancers.  In this procedure, a tool called a curette is used to scrape away the loose, outermost skin cancer cells.  Next, desiccation, or electrocautery, is used to destroy underlying skin cancer cells.  This process is repeated three times or until the practitioner believes that all of the affected cells have been fully removed.  While ED&C may have a 5-year cure rate of over 90 percent when performed by an experienced practitioner, it is not ideal for all cancerous lesions and has some drawbacks.  The process of desiccation results in an oval-shaped burn scar that is unlikely to go away completely.  Also, as the cells are immediately destroyed, there is no specimen available for microscopic examination to ensure clear margins. 

What are the Benefits of ED&C?

·        Does not require sutures

·        Typically less expensive than alternative procedures

·        Quickly performed in a matter of minutes under local anesthesia

·        High cure rate for appropriately sized BCC or SCC lesions

Learn More about ED&C

If you have been diagnosed with or have a suspected case of basal or squamous cell carcinoma and are looking for a surgical treatment option that is quick and minimally invasive, ED&C may be a good fit for you.  To determine if this is a viable and effective treatment option for your own skin cancer, schedule a consultation and treatment with our Baton Rouge dermatology clinic or Lafayette dermatology clinic.