Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in melanocytes, the skin cells that make the pigment responsible for your skin and hair color. While melanoma only accounts for 2 percent of skin cancer cases, it accounts for a majority of skin cancer deaths – meaning it’s a rarer, but deadlier cancer.
At Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, we have a team made up of nationally recognized leaders in medical, radiologic and surgical oncology who collaborate daily so we can provide care plans tailored to your specific needs. We use the latest technologies, treatments and research to provide you with the highest quality of care.
For more information about Levine Cancer Institute, call 980-442-2000.
Melanoma may be first detected during a skin self-exam or during an exam by a medical professional, such as a dermatologist (skin doctor). However, the only way to confirm if a suspicious area is cancerous is by biopsy, in which part or all of the growth is removed and analyzed by a pathologist.
Biopsies may be performed by various techniques:
If it appears that melanoma has spread, other techniques, such as fine needle aspiration or image-guided biopsy, may be needed.
There are several approaches to treating melanoma/skin cancer. Our team of experts has the skill and experience to determine the best treatments for the best outcomes.
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Treatment Options Include:
Levine Cancer Institute offers the latest trials available to its patients, making them among the first to receive the most innovative treatments available in cancer care.
The cancer care process can feel confusing and overwhelming at times – often involving physical, financial and emotional challenges for you and your family. From diagnosis to survivorship, we have numerous resources available to support you during your treatment experience.