Skin Cancer: Latest in Treatment Options
In the last few years, there have been many advances in treatment of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Until recently, treatment options for skin cancers such as melanoma included:
- removal of cancerous tissue
- radiation therapy
Now, newly developed immunotherapies and targeted therapies are significantly improving patient survival in late stages of melanoma by targeting specific parts of cancerous cells or by boosting the immune system to fight the cancer.
The earlier skin cancer is detected, the more likely you are to have a successful treatment outcome, which is why healthcare professionals cannot stress enough the importance of regular self-examinations and check-ups by your primary care provider or a dermatologist.
While early detection is best, sometimes you miss the early warning signs and aren’t diagnosed until the cancer has reached a later stage. For local melanoma patients, Cone Health created the Cone Health Cancer Services Multidisciplinary Melanoma and Sarcoma Program, or the Melanoma Treatment Center, that brings together experienced specialists to care for patients where they live.
Dr. Natalie Depcik-Smith, a dermatopathologist and the medical director of the Melanoma Treatment Center, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about a new treatment option for melanoma patients.