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Melanoma and Skin Cancer


  The James Cancer Hospital provides comprehensive care for patients diagnosed with melanoma, merkel cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, and basal cell carcinoma.

  The future of skin cancer care is in understanding the tumor mutations that drive the cancer. In particular, the treatment of melanoma is undergoing a revolution as new targeted biologic anti-cancer therapies and immunotherapy have significantly improved the options for melanoma treatment. Many of the clinical trials open and in development target genetic mutations in the tumor to guide the choice of treatment.

  Multiple clinical studies have shown that for medical procedures and cancer care, higher volume of patients leads to better outcomes and reduced toxicities. The James Cancer Hospital has an enormous and growing volume of skin cancer patients treated--so much so, that all of your cancer doctors will be specialists in skin cancer including the dermatologists, surgical oncologists, head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, plastic surgeons and radiation oncologists. Volume and specialization matter, especially in uncommon cancers.

  The James Cancer Hospital also provides the latest technological innovations and clinical trials. Cancer care, in particular, is a fast moving world of new discoveries. We strive to bring new discoveries into clinical cancer care by ensuring that a wide range of different clinical trials are available to patients. For example, among the skin cancer group alone there are currently 4 open clinical trials and 10 others in development.