Treating Melanoma

At Scott & White, You’re Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis

Melanoma often begins as a small abnormal mole or skin growth. Melanoma can grow quickly through your skin, into your bloodstream or lymph, and spread cancerous cells throughout your body. You’ll want immediate, effective treatment.

Our skin cancer experts at Scott & White Healthcare offer the safest, most advanced therapies available in the treatment of all forms of melanoma. Your skin’s in good hands here. Our board-certified dermatologists specialize in:

At Scott & White, our philosophy is to match the treatment to the seriousness of your lesion or your cancer. In other words, treatment goals at Scott & White focus on removing all of your cancer while preserving as much cosmetic appearance as possible.

The members of your Integrated Skin Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:

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Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You

Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That’s why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.

Your Integrated Care Team will met to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you’d like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.

Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.

Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.

Following active treatment, your Integrated Care Team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.

Your Treatment Options

At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your skin cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches.

Treatment options for melanoma include:

Melanomas thicker than 1 millimeter may require surgery and further treatments. Your physician will discuss your treatment options with you.

If your melanoma is caught early, excision or Mohs micrographic surgery may be sufficient in removing 100 percent of your cancer.

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Factors That Impact Your Treatment

Your treatment options for melanoma generally depend on these factors:

  • Site of original lesion
  • How deeply the melanoma has grown into your skin
  • Whether your melanoma has spread to other parts of your body
  • Your age and overall health status
  • Your surgical history
  • Your personal preference

At Scott & White, treatment goals generally focus on removing as much of the cancer as possible while preserving as much of your cosmetic appearance as reasonable.

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