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Skin Cancer


Piedmont Cancer provides patient-centered and personalized care to every patient 

From prevention and screening to diagnosis, treatment and wellness, Piedmont Cancer gives patients access to the personalized care they need.
 

Screening

Skin cancer treatment starts with adequate and aggressive screening by a dermatologist. Prevention and early detection are key. If not diagnosed early, melanoma can spread to nearby tissues and other parts of the body. At Piedmont Cancer, our melanoma experts provide comprehensive care that begins with an accurate diagnosis. Our multidisciplinary team provides a personalized approach through treatment to recovery.

Warning signs of lesion:

  • Changing
  • Bleeding
  • Itching
  • Oozing/crusting
  • Pain and irritation
     

Diagnosis

If a suspicious spot is found, your doctor might perform the following procedures to determine if you have melanoma or some other skin condition:

  • Skin Biopsy (punch, shave or excisional) - this has typically already been done by your dermatologist but can also be done during your initial consultation
  • Additional tests - These are sometimes performed to better identify the stage and extent of spread of the cancer and can include imaging (CT, MRI, PET) as well as lymph node studies (Lymphatic mapping or lymphoscintigraphy)
     

Treatment

If melanoma or other skin cancers are found, our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and navigators will work together to provide a personalized treatment plan for each unique patient. Treatment for skin cancer could include:

  • Surgery - This typically involves a wide local excision of the region of skin involved with melanoma. Depending on the depth of your melanoma, you may also be counseled to undergo lymph node surgery where a few of the lymph nodes are removed at the time of surgery
  • Immunotherapy - This is often recommended when the melanoma has spread in your body to draining lymph nodes or other sites. Immunotherapy is administered by a medical oncologist.
  • Chemotherapy - Occasionally, although not frequently, chemotherapy can be useful as part of the treatment of melanoma.
  • Radiation - Occasionally, although not frequently, radiation can be useful as part of the treatment of melanoma.
     

Expertise

Piedmont’s full range of cancer support services and programs are available to enhance your care experience, help lessen anxiety, answer questions, empower and guide you through every step of your cancer journey. Services include clinical trials, cancer rehabilitation, patient navigation, genetics counseling, nutrition counseling, social services, and financial assistance. Cancer wellness programs include education, nutrition workshops, exercise, art therapy, support groups and more.
 

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