Overview of Melanoma
Melanoma is the rarest form of skin cancer. Melanoma occurs when skin cells called melanocytes begin to grow rapidly and abnormally. This type of skin cancer is most likely to spread to other areas of the body. Radial growth is when the melanoma spreads along the top layers of your skin. Vertical growth is when the skin cancer grows into the deeper layers of skin and spreads to other areas of the body.
Melanoma can be serious, but your chances of a full recovery are excellent if your skin cancer is caught early, before your melanoma spreads. The dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons on our medical staff, using the current diagnostic and treatment techniques, offer great hope for your melanoma diagnosis.
Your treatment plan will be determined by your care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of melanoma, and personal preferences. Options may include:
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Lymph node dissection
- Wide local excision
Clinical Trials (when appropriate)
Specialized Centers for Skin Cancer Care
Skin Malignancy Research and Treatment Center, located at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas, and the
Skin Cancer Centerat Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving combine the expertise of dermatologists, medical and surgical oncologists on the medical staff to provide a destination for the screening, evaluation, research and treatment of malignant skin conditions.
In Central Texas, Baylor Scott & White offers a variety of medical and surgical skin cancer therapies to treat most skin cancers at the
College Station Clinic,
Round Rock Specialty Clinic and
Waco Clinic. More advanced skin cancer procedures may be referred to the
Temple Northside Clinic.