Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. There are several types, including basal and squamous cell carcinomas, which rarely spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma, while rare, is an aggressive form of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the body if not diagnosed early. Merkel cell carcinoma, skin lymphoma, and Kaposi sarcoma are also rare.
How Skin Cancer is Diagnosed
You may discover a suspicious spot on your skin, or your doctor may find an abnormality during a routine physical. Your doctor will evaluate your skin growth and, if necessary, take a biopsy, or tissue sample. If it’s found to be cancer, the lab will determine the type and stage.
Our cancer experts at the Cape Cod Healthcare Regional Cancer Network work closely with you and your doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan that will include a comprehensive assessment of how to best treat your disease and get you back to your life.
How Skin Cancer is Treated
Our experts in the Cape Cod Healthcare Regional Cancer Network use advanced treatment options such as:
- Mohs micrographic surgery – This is a technique to remove skin cancer from the face and other sensitive areas of the body while preserving healthy surrounding tissue.
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – This type of radiation therapy focuses on the source of the cancer while sparing surrounding tissue.
- Superficial radiation therapy – administers a shallow dose of radiation while protecting the structure beneath the skin. Radiation therapy is an option for treating patients with basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma on the eyelids, nose or ears.
Our network’s full range of therapies for cancer treatment include:
Cape Cod Healthcare offers a full range of support services for cancer patients and their families, including counseling, education, financial and insurance information, and networking. We will be your partner as you navigate cancer.
Find in-depth information about skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.