The multispecialty team provides each individual patient with a personalized care plan to create the path for the most successful outcome, including recommendations for advanced diagnostics, consideration of minimally invasive options and participation in promising clinical trials, as well as complete follow-up care.
Depending on the severity of one’s skin cancer, the treatments can vary but may include:
- Freezing the tumors with liquid nitrogen
- Surgical removal of the affected area (often the primary treatment in early stages)
- Surgery followed by chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiation therapy (for more severe stages that can involve deeper tissues or lymph nodes)
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is sometimes recommended for basal and squamous cell carcinomas. The procedure involves removing very thin layers of skin one at a time and then examining the layer under a microscope. The process is repeated until all cancer-containing tissue has been removed. Mohs is particularly useful for cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face and neck, and for tumors that are poorly defined with unclear borders.
Led by nationally recognized surgeons, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) offers a full range of surgical options and expertise for patients diagnosed with skin cancer, including isolated limb infusions and isolated limb perfusion. These surgical procedures provide an isolated delivery of high-dose chemotherapy that leads to a 60 percent complete response rate for recurrent or locally advanced melanomas and sarcomas. When skin cancer alters normal appearance, your surgeon may work with a plastic surgeon to explore reconstructive options that may restore form and function.
NorthShore's team of medical oncologists manages and oversees each patient’s care from diagnosis through treatment, coordinating with other specialists as needed.
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