Basal Cell Cancer – Cystic Basal Cell Cancer

December 24th, 2010

Cystic Basal Cell Cancer is an uncommon variant of Basal Cell Cancer that I encounter in my The Woodlands Dermatology and Conroe Dermatology offices.  Clinically, a Cystic Basal Cell Cancer appears like a Nodular Basal Cell Cancer as a pearly semi-translucent nodule.  However, Cystic Basal Cell Cancers have a cystic cavity that contains a gelatinous mucinous core that may make the appearance of the cancer appear to have a “bubble” inside.  When biopsied or lanced,  a Cystic Basal Cell Cancer can drain this mucinous material.  Cystic Basal Cell Cancers are treated identical to Nodular Basal Cell Cancers and have the same prognosis.