Changing the Future of Cancer Care: Skin Cancer

The skin cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute’s Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic combine the expertise of many medical disciplines to provide you with the most comprehensive approach to screening, diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Our multidisciplinary team uses innovative technology to detect skin cancer at its earliest phase and advanced techniques for treating your specific type of skin cancer. This multidisciplinary and individualized approach leads to effective cancer treatment.

Skin cancer, the general term used when malignant (cancerous) cells form within the tissues of the skin, is the most common type of cancer. It can be found anywhere in the body, but it’s usually found on the parts of the body most exposed to sunlight, like the head, face, neck and hands. While people with light skin, hair and eyes have a higher risk for sun-related skin cancers, there are risk factors for those of Hispanic, African-American and other descents, also.

There are many types of skin cancer, each with specific risk factors, symptoms, prevention techniques and treatments. As a result, prognosis and treatment options vary based on each person’s own genetic makeup, location of the cancer cells and stage of the cancer.

Our multidisciplinary team gathers information using the latest skin cancer monitoring and detection tools, such as Vectra 3D Whole Body Photo-Imaging and Reflectance Confocal Microscopy (RCM), a non-invasive imaging technique that uses a low-power laser, without radiation or harm to the skin, to determine whether a skin lesion needs to be biopsied, to create a personalized treatment plan for you. The team incorporates groundbreaking discoveries and collaborates with other world-renowned cancer researchers to deliver the most effective and comprehensive treatment available.

For a comprehensive look at the most common types of skin cancer, please click on one of the cancer types listed below:

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Rare Skin Cancers

The skin cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute’s Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic also treat rare skin cancers including: Adnexal tumors (Sebaceous carcinoma, pilomatrix carcinoma, porocarcinoma, digital papillary adenocarcinoma), Atypical fibroxanthoma and Kaposi sarcoma.

  • 1 in 5

    Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70
  • 92%

    The average five-year survival rate across all melanomas
  • 5

    Year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent when detected early
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Tumor Board

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.

Who are the experts on Skin Cancer?

Miami Cancer Institute offers multidisciplinary experts who know how to treat your specific type of Skin Cancer. Each member of your cancer team will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is both effective and right for you as a patient.

Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist

Surgical Oncologist

Medical Oncologist

Radiation Oncologists

Dermatologists

Plastic Surgeons

Dark Skin and Skin Cancer

There’s a prevailing myth that Latino and Black populations don’t get skin cancer because their dark skin tones have protective qualities. But anyone, regardless of skin color, descent or heritage, can develop skin cancer, especially if frequently exposed to ultraviolet rays (UV). Moreover, skin cancer in these populations can sometimes be even more challenging, because the cancer may not get diagnosed until it’s in more advanced stages.
With Vectra we have a baseline set of photographs that helps the dermatologist monitor the patient’s moles over time, then you can find new concerning lesions and possible skin cancer in its early phase.
Naiara Braghiroli, M.D., PhD Dermatologist
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