How is basal cell carcinoma treated?
The skin cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute are internationally renowned experts who offer the most advanced, innovative therapies available to treat your specific kind of cancer.
Every patient’s disease is unique, with different cells moving, changing or multiplying based on that person’s individual genetic make-up. In addition to locating the tumor cells and determining what the genetic changes and markers are, other ways our specialists can create the best personalized treatment plan is to factor in a patient’s age, overall health, family history, medical history, and finally to stage the cancer, which helps identify how far the disease has progressed.
Immediately after diagnosis, our specialty teams provide additional tests to determine if the cancer has affected other areas of the body. Treatment recommendations are made that same day so that patients can receive the best individualized treatment therapies as soon as possible.
Your personalized treatment plan may include:
- Surgery — Surgery, including Mohs micrographic surgery, to remove the skin cancer and any surrounding tissues where the cancer cells may have spread is the most common treatment for basal cell carcinoma. Every patient’s cancer is unique, so your specialists will discuss what surgical option might be best for you.
- Targeted Therapies — Our specialists use drugs or other select substances to identify and attack specific types of cancer cells, blocking their growth and spread. The goal of targeted therapy is to interfere with genes or proteins involved in tumor growth while avoiding damage to healthy cells.
- Targeted Therapy is the foundation of precision medicine, which uses information about a person’s genes or a tumor’s DNA profile to develop innovative, tailored treatment options.
- Treatment can be delivered through a pill taken orally and may be combined with surgery and radiation therapy.
- Radiation Therapy — Our specialists can use precise techniques to treat a variety of skin cancers, such as those that occur in areas too difficult for surgery, in patients who cannot undergo surgery, or even in patients with high-risk disease following resection. Our radiotherapy specialists will discuss if radiation therapy is an option for you.
- Clinical Trials — Miami Cancer Institute offers South Florida patients and our communities' access to leading-edge, innovative treatments that often result in new therapies not available elsewhere and that can often mean excellent outcomes for patients.
A multidisciplinary team of cancer experts including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, medical geneticists, social workers, patient navigators and clinical trials staff meet weekly to discuss select complex cases and determine the best course of care. Stem cell transplantation experts and hematologic oncology experts are also available to discuss complex cases.
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.
Patient Support Services
Taking care of the whole patient is an important component of providing personalized cancer care. Integrated into the fabric of the Miami Cancer Institute, the Cancer Patient Support Center addresses the psychological, physical, social and spiritual needs of our patients during cancer treatment and beyond.