Our Approach to Treating Skin Cancer (Non-melanoma)
When skin cancer forms in tissues other than melanocytes, or pigment cells, the cancer is referred to as “nonmelanoma.” In other words, while melanoma forms in the melanocytes, nonmelanoma starts in other cells of the skin, including basal cells in the lower layer of the skin; squamous cells that form the surface of the skin; and Merkel cells, which aid in the sense of detailed, or light, touch.
Moffitt Cancer Center’s multispecialty team in the Cutaneous Oncology Program consists of specialists in all areas of skin cancer, including dermatology, radiology, dermatopathology, radiation oncology, surgery and nursing. During a weekly tumor board review, our skin cancer physicians collaborate to evaluate and discuss test results for each patient, developing individualized treatment plans. Our multispecialty approach allows us to offer comprehensive care for all forms of skin cancer, providing all the services our patients need in one location:
- Long-term follow up
As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Florida, Moffitt is a nationally recognized leader in innovative research and offers the latest investigational treatments for skin cancer. Because of our cutting-edge, research-based treatments, cancer survival rates have been steadily increasing over the years for our patients, and we have continued to provide our patients with an improved quality of life.
If you or a loved one is facing skin cancer, you are not alone. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-MOFFITT, or complete a new patient registration form. Remember, you do not need to have a referral to make an appointment at Moffitt.