Melanoma in Palm Beach Gardens & Stuart, FL
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer. It is derived from melanocyte cells, which are responsible for producing melanin and creating your skin pigmentation. As such, one of the most common symptoms of melanoma is the growth of a new, darker, larger, or changing mole on the body. Like other types of skin cancer, melanoma is linked to UV radiation, such as from tanning beds or excessive sun exposure. Melanoma is particularly dangerous because it may grow and spread through the body rapidly. As such, it should be treated promptly.
How is Melanoma Treated?
Treatment of melanoma is dictated by the stage of the tumor, which is often closely related to the thickness of the tumor, called the Breslow depth. Melanoma is largely treated by surgical excision. Most of the time, this can be performed safely and curatively in the office under local anesthetic for early stage melanomas. If the melanoma is more advanced, consultation with a medical oncologist may be warranted and further testing such as sentinel lymph node biopsy may be recommended. Imaging studies may need to be performed, but they are not necessary for most early stage lesions. At times, immunotherapy, radiation, or chemotherapy may be employed during the course of treatment.
How Much Does Melanoma Treatment Cost?
The cost of melanoma treatment at Florida Dermatology Specialists can vary depending on the procedures involved and the extent of treatment needed. In most cases, your treatment may be eligible for coverage by health insurance. During your initial consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan and assess your insurance coverage to determine the exact cost of treatment that you will be responsible for.
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What Can I Expect from Melanoma Treatment?
Your melanoma treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the treatment approach that is best for you. Fortunately, when detected early, melanoma treatment is highly successful. However, patients who have previously had melanoma have a higher risk of developing it in the future, and should monitor their skin accordingly. Patients with a newly diagnosed melanoma will need to be seen frequently for the first two years for regular skin examinations. In addition to a risk of local recurrence, patients have a higher risk of a second new melanoma. In addition, first degree relatives of melanoma patients should have annual screening skin examinations. At times, genetic screening and counseling may be advised for certain patients.
Why Choose Florida Dermatology Specialists for Melanoma Treatment?
Florida Dermatology Specialists is the premier dermatology practice for melanoma treatment, as our team of dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons specialize in patient-focused skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Led by Dr. Richard Krathen, board-certified Dermatologist, board-certified Micrographic Dermatologic Surgeon, and fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon, we offer the very best in melanoma treatments to provide patients with safe and effective care.
To learn more about melanoma treatment or to schedule your appointment at Florida Dermatology Specialists, contact us today. With offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart, we welcome patients from Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Palm City and the nearby areas of Florida.