University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center physicians are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, including malignant melanoma—the rarest but most dangerous form of skin cancer.
With advanced diagnostic methods and extensive experience, our team of experts quickly determines the type of skin cancer affecting our patients. A fast, accurate diagnosis helps us devise and implement the most appropriate treatment plan.
As a leader in cancer research, we also offer access to promising clinical trials for patients with melanoma.
Our team approach to care offers patients the expertise of specialists who work to create individualized treatment plans according to a patient’s unique needs. The team includes surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, dermatological surgeons, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oncology nurses, dietitians and social workers. These experts work together in a multidisciplinary team to create the best solution possible.
At UH Seidman Cancer Center, five-year survival rates have exceeded the national average for more than 20 years. UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. This is the highest honor a cancer center can receive.
Our team offers a powerful combination of traditional and novel skin cancer treatments. Treatment options include chemoprevention to prevent infection and immunotherapy. Whenever possible, our doctors recommend minimally invasive surgery to help reduce pain, scarring and recovery time.
Skin cancer, also known as cutaneous cancer, is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, about a million Americans are diagnosed each year.
Skin cancer begins with the uncontrolled growth of skin cells. If left unchecked, cancer cells can spread from the skin to other parts of the body. Most cutaneous cancers occur on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight.
UH Seidman Cancer Center specialists employ the following advanced techniques to identify and destroy skin cancers, including melanoma:
In addition to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, we also offer biological therapy. This technique uses cellular hormones called cytokines to boost the immune system and help the body fight cancer. The most commonly used biological therapy is alpha interferon, which appears to transform the proteins on the surface of cancer cells while slowing their growth. Research suggests that alpha interferon increases the cancer patient’s chance of survival.
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