Table of Contents
Part 1: ORGANISATION Chapter 1: Practice set up Describes the options that exist for organising a comprehensive practice or a skin cancer only clinic. Includes administration and billing systems, instruments and sterilisation, patient appointments and recalls, and referrals, consultation room layout. Chapter 2: Pathology reports The aspects of skin anatomy, histology and pathology needed to interpret a pathology report. The components and meaning of a pathology report, and interpreting and responding to it. Chapter 3: Medico-legal matters Review of best practice recommendations for safe and effective patient care including practice organisation, consent forms, audit and review. Chapter 4: Safety, quality, and audit Basic principles of safety in primary care, quality of care principles and audit including benchmarking Part 2: DETECTION Chapter 5: The consultation How to do a systematic and comprehensive skin examination including documentation of findings Chapter 6: Diagnosis Use of dermoscope and other major imaging technologies appropriate to primary care. Diagnostic criteria of major skin cancers and major pitfalls. Chapter 7: Biopsy Instructions on how to perform skin biopsies safely and effectively. Part 3: TREATMENT Chapter 8: Treatment options Broad overview of skin cancer treatment options for each of the major groups of cancer, the evidence behind each and approaches to deciding which option to adopt. Chapter 9: Non-surgical treatment Overview of non-surgical treatments, pros and cons Chapter 10: Skin surgery and post-operative care Basic principles and practices for the most common forms of skin cancer surgery (simple excisions, curettage etc). Practical advice on post-operative care (dressings, immobility, suture removal). Chapter 11: Advanced surgery: an introduction to flaps and grafts An introduction to the use of a small number of simple flaps for the most common sites of skin cancer, and how to do a full thickness skin graft.
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