Skin Cancer Treatments

Skin cancer has a high cure rate if it you catch it early and get the best possible treatment from a team of skin cancer specialists. The Mount Sinai Health System is dedicated to providing comprehensive, innovative care to you, whatever type of skin cancer has been diagnosed. Our multidisciplinary teams consist of specialists in medical oncology, surgical oncology, dermatopathology, dermatology, podiatry, and social work. We also have a team of melanoma and skin cancer researchers who make discoveries in the lab in order to offer you access to cutting-edge treatment options including clinical trials. Our mission is to provide high-quality, empathetic care for you.

There are many treatments for skin cancer. Your physician will choose a treatment after considering the following factors:

  • The type of skin cancer you have
  • Where the skin cancer occurs on your body
  • Whether the skin cancer is aggressive referring to how likely it is to return or spread
  • The stage of the cancer, meaning how deeply it has grown and whether it has spread
  • Your general health

Preferred skin cancer treatment starts with excision, in which the surgeon numbs the skin, then cuts out the skin cancer and a section of surrounding skin that looks normal. Most excisions are performed in a physician’s office. Specimens of the tumor are sent to a dermatopathologist for analysis.

We offer these general categories of treatments:

  • Immunotherapy for melanoma
  • Radiation therapy
  • Systemic (throughout the body) chemotherapy
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation
  • Excision
  • Cryosurgery
  • Topical and intralesional chemotherapy
  • Mohs and Reconstruction Surgery

For treatments specific to your type of skin cancer, refer to melanoma, non-melanoma, or additional skin cancers for details.