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Skin cancer

What we do

The team provides a diagnostic and treatment service for skin cancer, managing the full range of skin cancers including:

  • basal cell carcinoma
  • squamous cell carcinoma
  • malignant melanoma

We undertake surgery through our day case treatment centre and same day surgery facility. All our surgery is under local anaesthetic, which means that you are just numb in a limited area and are not given a general anaesthetic. For most people, the visit takes less than three hours and we encourage people to come with someone to take them home, or arrange some form of transport home after.

Some people have skin changes due to sun damage or harmless marks and lumps on their skin which can resemble skin cancer. Our service can provide a diagnosis for these changes, help you understand them and provide treatment advice.

The service is provided by all the dermatologists and a team of specialist nurses.

Each week the skin cancer team meets to discuss the more complicated skin cancers in the Multidisciplinary Team Meeting. This team provides a source of additional expertise to help guide your consultant in the management of your case.

The multidisciplinary team is made up of:

Name

Job title

What they do

Gemma Gregory and Nic Congdon

Skin cancer specialist nurses

Helps with skin cancer education, monitoring of patients during follow up and contact person

David de Berker

MDT lead and consultant dermatologist

Helps run and lead the mdt and treats skin cancer

Adam Bray

Giles Dunnill

Cameron Kennedy

Vicki Lewis

Shalini Narayan

Kat Nightingale*

Lindsay Shaw

Jane Sansom

Debbie Shipley

Consultant dermatologists and

*associate specialist

Diagnose and treat skin cancer

Antonio Orlando

Ewan Wilson

Consultant Plastic Surgeons

Diagnose and treat complex skin cancer 

Ceri Hughes

Steve Thomas

Consultant maxillofacial surgeon

Treat complex non-melanoma skin cancer of the head and neck

Richard Harrad

Helen Herbert

Consultant oculoplastic surgeon

Treat non-melanoma skin cancer around the eye

Amar Challipalli and Chris Herbert

Consultant oncologists

Treat skin cancer with radiotherapy (radiation) and chemotherapy

Nidhi Bhatt

Consultant histopathologist

Examines surgical specimens down the microscope to diagnose skin cancer

Julia Marshall

MDT coordinator

Makes sure that all the information and letters are pulled together for the MDT.

 

What if I think I have skin cancer?/What to look out for

If you are worried that you might have a skin cancer, you should go and see your family doctor (GP) as soon as possible. Your GP will then decide whether you should be sent to see a doctor who specialises in skin cancer.

If your GP thinks you may have squamous cell cancer or malignant melanoma you will be referred to the hospital to be seen urgently. This will usually mean that you are seen within two weeks.

If your GP thinks you may have basal cell cancer you will be referred to the hospital, and you will usually be seen within six to eight weeks. This is because basal cell cancers grow slowly and rarely spread.

There are two important types of skin cancer, non-melanoma and melanoma.

Non-melanoma

Any non-healing, weeping, scabbing or crusted sore on the skin that persists for more than two months may be skin cancer and should be shown to your doctor. They are most common on sun-exposed skin and especially the head and neck.

If you have a sore which does not heal or which keeps breaking down you should visit your doctor. If the doctor thinks you may have skin cancer you will be sent to see a specialist. There are several very effective, simple treatments for these and if the diagnosis is confirmed the specialist doctor will be able to advise you which is most suitable for you.

Melanoma

Nearly everyone has moles on their skin which are perfectly safe. But sometimes even healthy moles can cause us concern, especially if they have newly appeared, become bigger, altered in shape or colour, itched, scabbed or bled.

In most cases these changes will not be due to skin cancer, but you must visit your doctor to check. He or she will tell you if anything needs to be done and if there is any uncertainty they will refer you to a specialist doctor .

Treatment

The most common treatment for skin cancer is to remove it surgically. This provides tissue to look at under the microscope to confirm the diagnosis and takes away the tumour at the same time. In some instances additional surgery or radiotherapy is offered.