Skin Cancer Treatment Options

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers, our board-certified oncologists create individualized treatment plans for patients diagnosed with various types of skin cancer.

Like all cancer care, there is no one size fits all treatment for skin cancer. Treatment options vary depending on the type and stage of skin cancer at diagnosis and other factors unique to the individual being treated. The following video shares critical details about skin cancer and treatment options offered at Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Should you be diagnosed with skin cancer, the oncologists at Comprehensive Cancer Centers may use one, or more, of the following treatment protocols:

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy plays a very important role in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers and has been used successfully for decades. Radiation therapy is an effective, less invasive treatment option for many different types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, which accounts for 90 percent of all skin cancers in Southern Nevada and the United States. Radiation can also help treat melanoma, a less common, but more serious form of skin cancer due to its tendency to spread. Patients treated with radiation typically experience less scarring, which is especially important in highly visible areas, such as the face and neck.

  • External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)

EBRT is an outpatient procedure in which highly targeted and precise beams of radiation are directed at the skin cancer. Excellent functional and cosmetic outcomes can be achieved with EBRT, especially for tumors in the nasal and facial regions.

Chemotherapy for Squamous Cell and Basal Cell Skin Cancers

For squamous cell carcinoma, chemotherapy may be used to slow the spread of the cancer, relieve symptoms or shrink tumors prior to surgery or radiation. Basal cell carcinoma is usually not treated with chemotherapy as it rarely reaches an advanced stage.

Immunotherapy and Targeted Drugs for Melanoma

Immunotherapy and targeted drugs have shown promise in treating advanced melanomas. Immunotherapy helps to:

  • Stimulate the immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells more effectively
  • Supplement chemotherapy in certain advanced melanomas
  • Inhibit cancer from recurring in other parts of the body when used for early-stage melanomas after surgery

Targeted therapy focuses on parts of melanoma cells that are different from normal cells. Half of all melanomas have mutations that may respond to targeted therapies.

Collaboration for Successful Skin Cancer Outcomes

Comprehensive’s oncologists work closely with each patient to best understand their individual needs. We are committed to communicating and collaborating with the patient to ensure they receive the best possible care. To schedule an appointment with a physician at Comprehensive Cancer Centers regarding skin cancer treatment, call 702-952-3350.

 The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.