Cutaneous (Skin) Cancer Care Team

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Experts Provides Aggressive, Personalized Care for Skin Cancers

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.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient Care

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.

Advanced Treatments for Excellent Patient Outcomes

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.

Uncommon Techniques for a Common Cancer

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:

  • Digital MoleMap technology: enables early detection of melanoma
  • Photodynamic therapy: involves the use of photosensitive chemicals and controlled lasers
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy: a procedure in which only the sentinel node is removed to determine whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes
  • Interferon therapy: interferon is a protein produced in your body to help fight disease; recent studies show that it can stop the growth and spread of cancer cells
  • Interleukin-2 (IL-2) immunotherapy: boosts the body's natural ability to fight threats to the immune system
  • Excisional surgery
  • Mohs micrographic surgery: surgery where a doctor removes skin growth by layers, examining each layer under the microscope, until no abnormal cells remain

Biological Therapy Supports Strong Defense Against Skin Cancer

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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