Skin Cancer (Mohs)
Mohs surgery eliminates skin cancer cells, while also sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery, developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, has the highest cure rates – 98 percent or higher for Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (the two most common types of skin cancer) – compared to other methods. Mohs surgery eliminates skin cancer cells, while also sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Dawes, Fellowship-Trained Dermatologic Surgeon
After having successfully completed his Board certification in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dawes received fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic surgery through a fully-accredited American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) training program. In Canada, Dr. Dawes is the 17th Mohs surgeon, and one of only two plastic surgeons trained in Mohs. This field, along with post-cancer soft-tissue facial reconstruction, remains his primary academic interest. His unique combination of plastic and dermatologic training allows most patients to have their skin cancers removed and the defect reconstructed on the same day, within the same facility and by the same surgeon. For patients who are out of town or who have limited time or mobility, this arrangement is especially helpful as patient will usually not need a second appointment for the reconstruction of their resultant defect.
Mohs Information Package
For more information on Mohs surgery or if you are a Mohs patient, please download the Mohs Information Package, which will provide most of what you will need to know regarding the procedure, what to expect of the day as well as details about the Calgary Mohs Surgery centre, including contact information and directions.
If you are experiencing difficulty downloading the PDF or if you have questions, please contact the main office at (403) 571-3141 and the staff will be happy to assist you.
Mohs Patient Login
Patients referred for Mohs will be required to provide a detailed health survey that can either be filled out and sent into us (instructions are provided in the Mohs Information Package), or filled out online through our convenient, secure and confidential web portal.
Once our office receives your referral, we will contact you and provide you with a security code to create an account online. Once you have created an account you can fill out the form and submit the information.
All of your information is kept strictly confidential and secure. For more information, please read through our Privacy Policies.
Calgary Mohs Surgery Centre – Contact Information, Hours and Map
All Mohs surgery is performed at the Calgary Mohs Surgery Centre (CMSC). This is a different location than his main office on Sunpark Drive. All patients referred for skin cancer will go to the CMSC for all consultations, surgeries and follow-up appointments unless otherwise specified.
Rockyview Health Centre Two
120 – 1016 68th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T2V 4J2
Hours: M-F 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Click here for contact information for the main office of Jeffrey C. Dawes MD, Plastic Surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Wait times vary – ranging from 3-6 months, depending on a number of factors. Priority is given to patients whose tumours are considered ‘urgent’ over patients with lesions of a less urgent nature.
Prior to surgery and after obtaining a medical history—patients will be contacted with instructions about which medications to stop before surgery, and when they should stop taking them. In some cases, patients are referred to an internal medicine specialist prior to booking their Mohs procedure.
Space in the waiting room at the surgical centre is limited; therefore, there is not room for every patient to have a family member stay with them. Patients requiring a translator, those who have significant memory issues or have special needs are required to have a friend of family member stay with them at the surgery centre for the entire length of their procedure.
All Mohs micrographic surgery is performed under local anesthesia.
“I don’t like needles” is a phrase often heard in the clinic. The pain associated with the administration of a local anesthetic is difficult to avoid completely despite flawless technique. Dr. Dawes has injected thousands of patients and helps to ensure that they experience the least amount of pain possible. Typically, Dr. Dawes will use a combination of fast-acting and long-lasting local anesthetics to minimize the need for repeat injections.
Patients should plan to be at the surgical facility for the entire day; 5-8 hours is typical. On occasion, patients may be required to stay later. Snacks will be provided, though patients are encouraged to bring a lunch. Please arrange to have someone drop you off and then pick you up from the Calgary Mohs Surgical Centre (CMSC) around 3pm. If we finish earlier (or if you will need to stay longer), we will call your ride to inform them. There is also a phone in our waiting room for patient use.
Usually, yes. Occasionally, Dr. Dawes may have to delay the repair, or perform it under a general anesthetic at the South Health Campus Hospital.
Patients should not drive themselves. We advise all patients to ensure they have a ride home from the surgical facility.
Upon completion of the procedure, patients are provided with written instructions for wound care, along with a phone number to call 24/7 with questions or concerns. Alternatively, patients may book an appointment to see Dr. Dawes on an urgent basis to have their questions answered.
Usually, patients will return to the Mohs surgical facility for their follow-up appointment.
Most patients are asked to return for follow-up at six weeks and again at three months following their Mohs procedure and reconstruction. Specific instructions are provided for patients following their procedure(s).