Although rare and accounting for less than five percent of skin cancers, melanoma is the most serious form of the disease. Beginning in the pigment cells of the skin, typically in a mole, melanoma often spreads. However, it can be cured if diagnosed and treated when the tumor is thin and has not deeply invaded the skin.
Team-based treatment at UCHealth
At UCHealth facilities in Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs, the same caring team of doctors and support professionals from many fields work together to develop the best plan of care for you, and they stay with you from your initial appointment through treatment and aftercare.
You receive doctor-managed care that emphasizes wellness and healing for you as a whole person—our complementary and integrative medicine specialists incorporate options such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise consultation into your treatment. Your expert medical team members may include:
- Dermatologic surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Oncology nurses
- Radiation oncologists
- Social workers
- Surgical oncologists
- Integrative medicine and complementary care therapists
Precision advanced treatment with Mohs surgery
When you choose UCHealth, you gain access to surgeons experienced in Mohs micrographic surgery, now recognized as the most precise method of removing skin cancer while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. In Mohs surgery, cancerous lesions are removed in very thin layers that are continuously examined under a microscope during the procedure to ensure that no cancer cells remain.
If you are at high risk for developing melanoma, you can receive a complete skin examination at our specialized Pigmented Lesions/Mole Mapping Clinic—the region’s only service for the dermoscopy procedure that takes just a few seconds to provide a clear and deep view into pigmented lesions.
Your medical team may also recommend participation in a clinical trial. University of Colorado Health conducts hundreds of these “trials” of new treatments or drugs. Participation in a clinical trial may provide those who qualify with access to drugs and vaccines years before they are widely available.