Skin Cancer Treatment at Tampa General Hospital
Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer according to the American Cancer Society. Thankfully, there are several treatment options available that come with high success rates, and many are performed on an outpatient basis. Skin cancer treatment will vary according to the specific form of malignancy and its location, but once the presence of cancer has been confirmed through a biopsy, treatment often involves the surgical removal of cancerous growths.
There are many types of malignancies that can affect the skin and necessitate prompt treatment, but the most common are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
- Basal cell carcinoma – The most frequently occurring cancer in humans, basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads beyond the original tumor site. Because of this, removal of the cancerous growth through one of several surgical techniques is usually all that’s required. Topical medications may also be prescribed, and in extraordinarily rare cases, oral medicine may be used to treat advanced basal cell carcinoma.
- Squamous cell carcinoma – Similar to cancer of the basal cells, squamous cell carcinoma is often treated by surgically removing cancerous growths or through topical medications. However, although rare, squamous cell carcinoma is more likely to travel to surrounding tissues than basal cell carcinoma. More extensive cancer treatments will likely be prescribed in these advanced cases.
- Melanoma – The most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma treatment often extends past surgery to remove cancerous moles. Based on the scope of the malignancy and its location, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy may be prescribed to eradicate metastasized cancer cells.
Tampa General Hospital provides specialized skin cancer treatment to men and women with all types of skin malignancies. Our experienced physicians work closely with other specialists like radiologists and dermatologists to develop highly individualized treatment plans for each of our patients. Additionally, we help our patients make informed decisions regarding their care by thoroughly explaining conditions and available skin cancer treatment options.