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About the Cutaneous (Skin) Cancer Treatment Center

  • At the Center for Cutaneous Oncology, we believe that each case of skin cancer is as unique as the individual facing the diagnosis. Experts from a wide variety of medical fields are here to evaluate and treat your particular skin cancer, no matter how rare or complex.

    As a patient, you are at the center of a dedicated team that works closely together. You'll have access to some of the world's leading skin cancer specialists, including dermatologic oncologists, dermatopathologists, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and other specialists. Together, your team will develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to the stage and particular features of your disease, any general health concerns, and lifestyle considerations.

    The experts at the Center for Cutaneous Oncology are dedicated to cancer research, from clinical investigation to basic science, exploring and understanding the fundamental causes of skin cancers.

    Diseases treated

    Skin cancers are more common than all other cancers combined, and, collectively, their incidence is rising faster than that of any other cancer. Our Cutaneous Lymphoma, Cutaneous Carcinoma, and Oncologic Dermatology Programs provide highly specialized care for all types of non-melanoma skin cancer, including:

    • Cutaneous T cell and B cell lymphoma (CTCL, CBCL)
    • Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC)
    • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
    • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
    • Rare adnexal neoplasms: eccrine, apocrine, sebaceous, and hair follicle tumors
    • Other rare cutaneous cancers

    We also treat cutaneous complications of therapy for cancers in general, including:

    • Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)
    • Skin reactions to cancer chemotherapy

    Immunosuppression and Skin Cancer (ISC) Clinic

    Immunosuppressed patients have an elevated risk of skin cancer, a factor particularly relevant for light-skinned patients who have experienced multiple sunburns in their lifetime. The ISC clinic specializes in the prevention and treatment of skin cancer in patients who are immunosuppressed due to certain diseases or immune-suppressing medications.

    The ISC Clinic provides information on sun protection and avoidance to help patients decrease their risk of skin cancer, and provide topical or oral treatments when appropriate to slow down or reverse sun damage. With proactive treatments and monitoring offered at the ISC, even patients who have had multiple cancers can be effectively treated and have a marked decrease in the number of new cancers they develop.

    Read our Insight blog for information and inspiration about skin cancer treatment at Dana-Farber.

  • Information and Resources

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    Becoming a Patient

    As a new Dana-Farber patient, find answers to questions about your first visit: what to bring, how to find us, where to park, and how to prepare.

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    How Our Cutaneous (Skin) Cancer Patients Rate Dana-Farber

    Take a look at our patient satisfaction survey results for our patients treated for cutaneous (skin) cancer.
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    Support Services and Amenities

    We offer a wide range of services, from financial planning to creative arts to spiritual counsel, to support our patients through their cancer experiences.