What is melanoma? It is cancer that begins in skin cells that produce skin pigment. Although not the most common form of skin cancer, melanoma is the most dangerous and represents more than 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths. Melanoma can be treated successfully when caught early. If not, it can spread to other parts of the body, where it is more difficult to treat.
How often does it occur? The American Cancer Society estimates 76,000 melanoma cases are diagnosed each year, and this number is rising.
What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? Our team offers a comprehensive program in:
- after-treatment support
- ongoing follow-up
Our skin cancer team offers the best and latest in treatment options. One example is isolated limb perfusion chemotherapy to treat melanoma in an extremity. Another is chemoembolization and radioembolization of melanoma metastases to the liver, using appropriate radiology. Our team includes:
- general dermatologists
- dermatologic surgeons
- general, plastic, and head and neck surgeons
In addition to routine excisional surgery to remove skin cancers, we offer a unique procedure called Mohs surgery. Performed in an outpatient setting, Mohs surgery treats aggressive cancer and cancer in cosmetically sensitive areas, such as the face. Because the technique requires expert training, specialized office personnel and a team effort, we are one of only a few medical centers in the country equipped to offer this treatment.