Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, often caused by too much time in the sun or in tanning beds. It develops in the tissues of the skin. 
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The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell (cancer of the outer layer of the skin), squamous cell (cancer of the surface of the skin), and melanoma (cancer of the cells that make pigment).

Our Approach

M Health Fairview offers you multidisciplinary care for all types of skin cancers, including specialized care programs for advanced or metastatic skin cancers.

We specialize in unique therapies and treatments including phototherapy, photopheresis, and Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure to treat aggressive cancer, as well as cancer in cosmetically sensitive areas, such as the face or around the eyes. With the Mohs procedure, your doctor will remove the skin growth layer by layer, examining each layer under the microscope for abnormal cells. This procedure eliminates cancerous cells without removing much of the surrounding healthy skin.

We are dedicated to finding new therapies to treat skin cancer. If you need advanced care in the treatment of metastatic melanoma, we now offer isolated limb perfusion chemotherapy, chemoembolization, radioembolization and high-dose interleukin-2 therapy. We are leaders in treating skin cancers in solid organ transplant patients with photodynamic therapy and oral chemotherapy, and we continue to develop new vaccines for the treatment of melanoma.


Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Mohs Surgery

With the Mohs procedure, dermatologic surgeons remove the skin areas containing cancer layer by layer, examining each layer under a microscope for abnormal cells. The surgery progresses until only cancer-free tissue remains.
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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
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TomoTherapy

TomoTherapy is a specialized form of radiation delivery that combines radiation therapy with 3D imaging to create more precise targeting of tumors. It works by delivering radiation beams from multiple directions allowing the radiation to match the exact shape of the tumor.
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Genomic Profiling

During the course of your cancer diagnosis and treatment, your physician may order next-generation DNA sequencing. No two cancers are the same. Next-generation DNA sequencing is a test your physician may use to better understand the unique molecular composition of your cancer.
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Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
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Social Work Services for Cancer Patients

M Health Fairview offers Social Work Services for Cancer Patients, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Skin Checks
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemoembolization
  • Radioembolization
  • Isolated Limb Perfusion Therapy