Skin cancer treatment in Englewood, Colorado

One out of seven people in the U.S. will develop some form of skin cancer. Just one serious sunburn can increase your risk by as much as 50 percent. At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center, our Complex Melanoma and Skin Cancer Treatment Center offers interdisciplinary, expert care.

The importance of skin cancer screening

No matter your skin color or race, regular screening is important. Everyone should get a full-body skin cancer screening every year. Early detection and proper treatment of skin cancer are very important to increase the ability of curing the cancer. Our primary care physicians and dermatology specialists in the greater Denver area can help guide you through skin cancer screening.

Take steps to protect your skin. Call us at (303) 788-6717 to talk to a patient navigator about skin cancer.

Types of skin cancer we treat

  • Melanoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Adnexal tumors
  • Keratoacanthoma

Individualized care for patients

We care for each patient with personalized attention, making his/her outcome and experience our top priority. Patients are invited to work with a patient navigator. The navigator works as a centralized point of contact and provides care coordination and supportive resources. This level of service is available for the patient and family from initial diagnosis to treatment and into survivorship.

Interdisciplinary expertise in skin cancer treatment

As the premiere provider of cancer care in the community for decades, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center offers an aggressive, interdisciplinary approach. Members of the entire cancer team attend weekly case conference meetings to discuss and plan each patient’s care. For skin cancer, this includes leading experts in dermatology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology and more. This unique commitment to excellence has earned Swedish accreditation from the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Cancer Program.

Accurate diagnosis for skin cancer

Our team works to first diagnose and accurately stage skin cancers at the earliest stage possible. Using advanced diagnostic procedures, such as indocyanine green (ICG)-navigation for sentinel node biopsy, our team can determine the type of cancer, pinpoint its precise location and examine the extent to which it has spread. The interdisciplinary specialists that partake in the skin cancer case conferences will create a treatment plan based on the patient’s medical history, current lifestyle and diagnosis. Our experts may use one or more of the following to find and stage the cancer:

  • Skin examination (dermatoscopy): a visual look at the skin to look at the size, shape, color and texture of the suspicious spot; a special microscope or magnifying lens may be used to view it more carefully
  • Imaging tests: various diagnostic imaging tests, such as computed tomography (CT), X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are used to see if the suspected cancer has spread
  • Biopsy: typically, the entire growth will be removed (excisional biopsy); we also perform shave biopsy (just the top layer) and punch biopsy (using a special tool, we remove a tiny round piece and the layers under the skin)

Treatment options for skin cancers

We are committed to using the latest technology and techniques to treat skin cancer. This allows our program to proficiently treat all skin cancer types at any stage. Our treatment plans may include:

  • Cryotherapy: freezing and destroying the cancerous tissue
  • Dermabrasion: using an abrasive device to rub away the cancerous cells
  • Chemotherapy: cancer-destroying medications taken by mouth, injection or by application to the skin
  • Radiation therapy: high-energy X-rays or other radiation used to kill the cancer cells and prevent growth
  • Photodynamic therapy: special drugs taken by mouth used in conjunction with a special light to activate the drug’s effects
  • Immunotherapy: special drugs used to help the immune system identify and attack cancer cells

Mohs micrographic surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is an advanced treatment provided for skin cancer patients at Swedish Medical Center. It is typically used for the two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. This procedure offers the highest potential for recovery. Mohs surgery allows specially trained dermatologists to see beyond the visible disease and precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. During this procedure, each layer of cancerous tissue is removed and examined under a microscope until all the cancer has been removed.

According to the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), Mohs surgery provides the highest cure rate of all treatments for skin cancer—up to 95 percent—even if other forms of treatment have failed. This procedure minimizes the chance of regrowth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.

Clinical trials

Through our affiliation with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, our team has access to more than 200 unique agents through clinical trials each year. As trusted experts in oncology research, Sarah Cannon has conducted more than 300 first-in-man trials and is a clinical leader in most approved cancer therapies over the last decade.

Cancer support

Starting with diagnosis, through treatment and into recovery and survivorship, our program offers a wide range of cancer support options. Our Cancer Resource Center offers access to nurses, dietitians, support groups, education, oncology rehabilitation and emotional support services.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.