Skin cancer overview
You are at the center of everything we do at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Here, we surround you with a team of specialists who work together closely to provide expertly targeted, complete care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.
We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in every type of skin cancer with a commitment to meet your unique needs.
Why choose Fred Hutch for skin cancer treatment?
- Comprehensive treatment options
Our doctors are experts in the full spectrum of skin cancer treatments, including immunotherapies (such as checkpoint inhibitors), cryosurgery, laser therapy, curettage and electrodessication, Mohs surgery, radiation therapy and topical chemotherapy. The Multidisciplinary Skin Oncology Clinic brings a team together to take care of you.
- Skin cancer-specialized surgeons
Our skin cancer surgeon team includes experts in surgical oncology, reconstruction and head and neck surgery. This team specializes in the treatment of skin cancer and you can feel confident knowing that the surgeon who cares for you is best-suited for your specific diagnosis.
- Skin cancer clinical trials
To give you access to the most innovative therapies, we unite the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in skin cancer clinical studies not available everywhere.
- Where you're treated first matters most
Studies have shown that patients evaluated and treated at a multidisciplinary cancer center, like Fred Hutch, have better outcomes — and that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. Patients who begin treatment at Fred Hutch often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere.
- A national leader in cancer care
Fred Hutch is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- NCI comprehensive cancer center
We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Melanoma can spread quickly to other organs, and it causes the vast majority of skin cancer deaths in the United States. So it’s especially important to detect this type of skin cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.
The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma has not spread is expected to be 98 percent. Once it has spread, the survival rate drops significantly, especially if cancer has reached distant parts of the body.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. When it’s detected and treated early, the cure rate is high. Fred Hutch offers comprehensive treatment from a team of experts who specialize in all types of skin cancers.
Skin cancer can usually be treated successfully if it’s detected early.
Fred Hutch offers comprehensive skin cancer care at the Multidisciplinary Skin Oncology Clinic, including advanced treatments and new options available only through clinical studies. A diagnosis of cancer can feel overwhelming. We have an experienced, compassionate team ready to help.
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. For skin cancer patients, this means more treatment options than you might find elsewhere, including the chance to participate in one of many ongoing clinical trials conducted at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine.
There are many resources online for learning about your disease. Health educators at the Fred Hutch Patient and Family Resource Center have compiled a list of trusted sources to help you get started.