Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Skin Cancer Centers
Skin cancers are the most common cancers in the United States, with more than 4,000,000 diagnoses made each year. With two dedicated skin cancer centers at Mass. Eye and Ear, we specialize in treating patients with high risk skin cancers as well as advanced surgical techniques for skin cancer removal.
Through our Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Oncology Center, we focus on immunocompromised patients with skin cancers that have a high risk of local recurrence, regional spread, and distant metastases. Some features of high-risk skin cancers include recurrent tumors, large tumors, tumors with aggressive histologic features or nerve involvement, or the presence of metastatic disease.
We offer many treatment options including those through our Center for Skin Cancer and Mohs Surgery, which specializes in the surgical treatment of basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas, and rarer forms of skin cancers.
Both centers are available to treat patients with skin cancers and other non-cancerous cutaneous lesions. Our surgical services include:
- Mohs surgery
- Excisional surgery
- ALA-photodynamic therapy
We understand that cancer treatment can be challenging both physically and emotionally, so our team will work with you to develop a care plan completely catered to you.
Meet Our Team
Our team unites the expertise of specialists in head and neck surgery, Mohs surgery, medical oncology, surgical oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, ophthalmic plastic surgery, radiation oncology, radiology, and pathology to provide the utmost care to patients with high risk skin cancers.
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Did you know?
Skin cancers are the most common cancers in the United States. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma make up the majority of them.
Most skin cancers occur on the head and neck area, as these areas are the most frequently exposed to sunlight, which is an important factor in their development.
In addition to sun exposure, other possible causative factors include radiation, trauma, arsenic exposure, immunosuppression, some skin diseases, and certain chemicals.
Patients who have had at least one skin cancer are at an increased risk to develop others.