Melanoma and skin cancer
Skin cancer occurs when damaged cells start rapidly multiplying. Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer that begins in the cells that form moles. We use the latest treatments, including Mohs surgery and photodynamic therapy, to eliminate moles and reduce your risk of future cancer.
Skin cancer specialists like ours should check any moles showing signs of cancer, which may include those with:
- Sides that don’t match each other (asymmetry)
- Uneven borders
- Tan, brown or black color
- Changes in size, shape or color
What you should know about melanoma and skin cancer
- Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer. If you have light-colored skin, you face an even higher risk.
- Not all suspicious moles become cancer. Seeing one of our doctors can help you determine your risk.
Why choose Geisinger for your melanoma and skin cancer care?
- Quick access: If you have a skin cancer concern, we offer several ways to see one of our specialists for a comprehensive screening. We are often able to offer screening appointments within one business day. We also host free screening events twice a year.
- Innovative treatments: We offer treatments that destroy cancer and lower the risk it will return. Procedures such as Mohs surgery get rid of tumors by removing one layer of skin at a time. We also offer non-surgical treatments such as immunotherapy, which uses special drugs to help you fight cancer. Find out more about cancer treatment.
- Prevention: We offer innovative treatments such as photodynamic therapy. This therapy uses drugs and a special kind of light to reduce sunspots and lower your future skin cancer risk.
Melanoma and skin cancer specialists at Geisinger tailor treatments to meet your medical needs and personal preferences.
- Chemotherapy : Strong drugs destroy cancer cells, prevent them from spreading or slow their growth.
- Cancer clinical trials : Get access to potentially life-saving treatments by participating in a national clinical research study.
- Immunotherapy : We use drugs made of special proteins (biologics) to jumpstart the immune system. Biologics help your body detect and destroy cancer.
- Mohs surgery : We eliminate cancer by removing tumors one layer of skin at a time.
- Photodynamic therapy : Doctors use drugs and a specific type of light to destroy the tumor. Exposing the drugs to the light kills cancer cells.
- Radiation therapy : This treatment uses radiation (X-ray) beams to destroy cancer cells.
- 3-D conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT) : We use special technology to position radiation beams so they precisely match irregularly shaped tumors.
- Plastic surgery : We surgically remove tumors and suspicious moles. If you end up with a scar that changes your appearance, you may need plastic surgery.
- Targeted therapy : We deliver high doses of radiation therapy with the help of tiny beads we inject into the tumor.