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:
- Lymph node dissection
- Wide local excision
- Targeted Therapy
- Radiation Therapy
- Lymphedema Therapy
- Pain Management
- Wound Care
Clinical Trials (when appropriate)
Specialized Centers for Skin Cancer Care
Skin Malignancy Research and Treatment Center, located at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas, combine the expertise of dermatologists, medical and surgical oncologists, and specialized nuclear radiologists on the medical staff to provide a destination for the screening, evaluation, research and treatment of malignant skin conditions. Our specialists and treatment locations are conveniently located on one campus.