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Skin Cancer

Personalized Treatment | Research and Clinical Trials | Additional Patient Support

Accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, accounts for more than 76,000 cases of skin cancer annually. Over 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed nationwide each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Merkel cell cancer is the least common form of skin cancer, with approximately 1,500 new cases being diagnosed per year. 

The experienced, collaborative team of specialists at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center combines the most advanced scientific knowledge and technology with a comprehensive and compassionate approach to care, creating a program of personalized medicine and patient-centered care for each individual diagnosed with melanoma and other skin cancers, such as Merkel cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Drawing from the diverse experience of dermatologists, surgeons, nurses, researchers and a host of other highly trained healthcare professionals, the Kellogg Cancer Center team works collaboratively and is dedicated to putting patients—and families—at the center of a healthcare experience that delivers compassionate, quality care.

Personalized Skin Cancer Treatment

After a skin cancer diagnosis is made, our multidisciplinary team meets regularly in a multidisciplinary conference to discuss each patient’s case in detail and to design a personalized treatment plan. For melanoma and other aggressive forms of skin cancer, your team may include your medical oncologistsurgeon, dermatologist, radiation oncologist, geneticist, pathologist, nutritionist, pharmacist, interventional radiologist, social worker and researchers, all focused on you.  This "meeting of the minds" provides critical input, resulting in an individualized care plan outlining the best course of action for each patient.

Patients are at the center of this multidisciplinary team, and Kellogg staff arrange for them to be seen by their multidisciplinary specialist at one appointment, not only for their convenience but to provide a consensus on their course of treatment. Our use of one of the most advanced Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems in the country enhances our open communication and promotes collaboration in our patient care.

Research and Clinical Trials

For patients diagnosed with skin cancers, a vital research enterprise allows Kellogg Cancer Center patients access to the latest drugs and skin cancer treatment options, as well as a wide array of clinical trials, both at NorthShore and through the University of Chicago, where more than 800 of our attending physicians hold academic appointments. As an example, we currently have clinical trials of novel drugs available for stage III and stage IV melanoma, including many forms of immunotherapy.

NorthShore’s nationally recognized Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system offers a data warehouse that enables physicians and researchers to integrate molecular and genomics data with clinical data to determine a patient’s best course of treatment. This information—specific to each patient—helps create an individually tailored treatment plan based on the patient’s genetic makeup and type of cancer. This analysis is yielding new insights into complex diseases and identifying opportunities to improve patient outcomes, as well as addressing the risk factors in individual and family medical histories. Harnessing the power of NorthShore's EMR allows our physician-scientists to apply sophisticated analysis to patient records, evaluating outcomes from cases of melanoma and other skin cancers, and using that information to determine the most favorable skin cancer treatment options for each patient.

NorthShore is the first in the nation to provide our patients and their family members with Health Heritage, a secure tool that helps individuals create a complete family health history and personalized risk reports.

Additional Patient Support

Kellogg Cancer Center’s unique services and resources assist patients and family members with a variety of challenges they may face from skin cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond. A wide array of support services are available to patients that include our integrative medicine services, financial advocacy and survivorship, to name a few.

For More Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 847.570.2112.