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.
The cutaneous oncology program at Tampa General Hospital’s Cancer Institute is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of dermatologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists and many other medical professionals who are all focused on one thing: Providing the most effective medical treatment for skin cancer and the best outcomes for our patients.
This helps to explain why TGH has been recognized as one of the Top 8 Hospitals in Florida and among the Top 10% for Cancer care in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report's 2020-2021 rankings.
Types of Skin Cancer and Treatments Available
A skin cancer treatment plan our team puts together will vary according to each patient’s specific type of skin cancer and its location. However, 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 Treatment
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 Treatment
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.
Treatment for melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, 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. Our expertise and skill allows us to confidently administer recently approved treatments to our patients, which means they receive some of the newest, most advanced medications formulated to treat stage 4 melanoma.
Skin Cancer Prevention and Screening
While the cutaneous oncologists at TGH see and treat a wide range cancers of varying severities, regular skin cancer screenings and ongoing prevention education is key to reducing the risk for skin cancer in both children and adults alike. Regular screenings can help catch malignancies in the early stages and allow for more effective treatments and a better prognosis.
Contact Tampa General Hospital and learn more about how our skin cancer experts help our patients make informed decisions regarding their care. Or, to find a skin cancer doctor, use our searchable Physician Finder database.