Moffitt Cancer Center’s Cutaneous Oncology Program offers the most current diagnostic procedures available, including lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy. All Cutaneous Oncology physicians collaborate in the evaluation and discussion of diagnostic tests and meet regularly to develop therapeutic plans. Initial surgical biopsy results are confirmed by a dermatopathologist.
Further evaluations may include computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography and lymphoscintigraphy to identify the regional basins at risk for metastasis (spreading to another area). Staging procedures, such as fine-needle aspiration biopsies of regional lymph nodes and sites of possible metastasis and positron-emission tomography (PET) scans, may be used, if necessary.