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Skin Cancer

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion

We treat melanoma and other skin cancers with specialist expertise and personalized care. Our patients also benefit from access to clinical trials for melanoma.

  • Melanoma
  • Squamous
  • Basal Cell

Honored for Cancer Expertise

The Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons, gave us its 2012 and 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award.

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2012

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2015

Diagnosing Skin Cancer

Early diagnosis of skin cancer is important. After physical examination of the skin, tests for skin cancer may include CT scan, skin biopsy and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Our cancer team treats patients with melanoma. Our dermatologists and Mohs surgeons provide treatment for those diagnosed with non-melanoma (basal cell or squamous cell) skin cancer, unless those cancers need more specialized attention by our cancer physicians.

We also provide consultations (second opinions) for patients originally diagnosed elsewhere.

Skin Cancer Treatments

Melanoma surgery removes skin cancer, some surrounding area and may remove lymph nodes. Other treatments may follow.

For non-melanoma skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery offers the highest cure rate of any treatment. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Abington – Jefferson Health has highly skilled Mohs surgeons who perform this surgery on an outpatient basis.

Chemotherapy and targeted therapy may be used for melanoma. Medicines such as interferon and interleukin, which work against melanoma through the immune system, may be included in the treatment plan.

Fertility Preservation

Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.

Help Navigating Your Cancer Treatment

Whether you are newly diagnosed or in treatment, our cancer navigators provide help and support. The nurse navigator for skin cancer, Betty Cummings, RN, MSN, OCN, is available at 215-481-3191.