From advanced surgical techniques to targeted therapy, experts at the Skin Cancer Specialists have the knowledge and tools to help patients reach remission or cure.
Experts at Skin Cancer Specialists treated many patients with advanced skin cancer and have developed innovative methods to treat these tumors that have been successful for many patients.
What is melanoma? It is a deadly skin cancer that can develop anywhere in the body. It’s the most common form of skin cancer, and it’s especially common in people who are over age 30.
Melanoma is often treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. If it’s caught early, melanoma can often be cured. However, if melanoma is not detected or treated early, it can spread to other parts of the body and cause death. Melanoma is not just a problem for young people; anyone can get melanoma.
The most common type of melanoma, this form affects the top layer of skin and spreads in a manner similar to that of a scab when you get a cut. It’s more likely to occur in men than women, and people with light skin are more susceptible than those with darker complexions. This type is also more likely to occur on areas exposed to sunlight, such as your hands, feet, face and scalp.
Nodular melanoma is the least common type of melanoma, but it is also the most dangerous. It tends to occur on the head, neck, and trunk in older people. These tumors are usually larger than 0.5 inches (1 cm) in size, but they can be smaller.
Nodular melanoma tumors have an irregular border and may have a raised appearance or be flat with an even surface coloration. The color may vary from pink to dark brown to black depending on how much pigment is present in your skin and where you live (more sun exposure increases the chances of developing more pigmented lesions).
Acral lentiginous melanoma is a type of melanoma that can occur anywhere on the body and may be more likely to spread than other types of melanoma. Acral lentiginous melanoma most often appears on the palms or soles, but it can also appear elsewhere on the body.
Acral lentiginous melanomas are more common in people with darker skin, such as those of African American, Hispanic/Latino or Asian descent. They are also found more often in older adults who have spent a lot of time in the sun over the years (for example, farmers).
Lentigo maligna melanoma is the most common type of melanoma. It starts in flat, or lentiginous, spots on the skin that are sometimes called freckles.
The cells in lentigo maligna do not grow as quickly as those in other types of melanoma. The cancer spreads slowly and tends to stay within its first layer of skin. This means it is less likely to spread to other parts of your body than other kinds of melanomas are.* However, if left untreated, it still can be deadly.*
Spitzoid melanoma is a type of melanoma that looks like a mole. It can be hard to diagnose because it looks like a normal mole at first, but over time the cells in your skin will change and you may develop symptoms.
Spitzoid melanoma usually starts on the head, neck, and trunk (the parts of your body where you have skin). This kind of cancer is more common in men than women.
Nevoid melanoma is a rare form of melanoma that’s more common in women, people with light skin, and those with a family history of the disease. It usually develops in adults over the age of 50 and is most often found in the head and neck area.
Desmoplastic melanoma is a rare type of melanoma that starts in the deeper layers of skin, rather than in the upper layers. It most often affects fair-skinned people, particularly those with blue eyes.
The signs and symptoms of desmoplastic melanoma can include:
If you have any skin changes that worry you, see your doctor for advice straight away so they can be properly checked out by an expert.
Here are some of the most common melanoma symptoms to watch for:
Surgery is the most common treatment for melanoma. It’s done to remove all or part of a tumor and surrounding tissue, in order to keep it from spreading. The surgeon will determine if you need surgery based on your specific condition and location of the tumor.
Surgery can be performed in an outpatient setting or as an inpatient surgery depending on the type of procedure being performed, your medical history and other factors.
Surgery is more effective when it’s done early because cells are less likely to spread throughout your body at this stage than later when they’re more developed.
Radiation therapy is a treatment that uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy is used to treat melanoma that has spread to the lymph nodes, as well as for certain types of advanced melanoma that have spread to other parts of the body. The doctor will determine how much radiation you need and where it should be aimed.
Chemotherapy is a type of medicine that uses chemicals to kill cancer cells. It does this by stopping the division of the cells or by stopping new blood vessels from forming. The way chemotherapy works depends on the type you receive and how it’s given.
Chemotherapy can be taken in many ways, including orally (by mouth) or intravenously (into a vein). Some forms can also be applied directly to your skin. Your healthcare team will choose which method is best for you based on where your melanoma is located and its stage.
Our melanoma treatments cost vary depending on the type of treatment and where it is performed. Contact Skin Cancer Specialists for more information.
At Skin Cancer Specialists, we’re proud of our research and our people. We’ve been a leader in the field for over 20 years, with a long history of success when it comes to treating melanoma. Our doctors are committed to finding new ways for people with this serious form of skin cancer to live longer, happier lives
they have knowledge of all relevant medical technologies and treatments, and that they are familiar with the latest treatment options for melanoma patients. This ensures that you have access to state-of-the-art treatment options from doctors who aren’t just qualified to treat your condition – they’re experts at it!
Not all doctors are equal, and we’re proud to be the best in the business.
Dermatologists & Skin Cancer Surgery located in Sugar Land, TX
The most effective way to prevent melanoma is to avoid the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher is the best way to protect your skin from UV radiation and reduce your risk of developing melanoma.
Other recommended practices for melanoma prevention include wearing clothing that covers your skin, using a shade protection filter on windows and doors, and avoiding indoor tanning.