Melanoma surgery is the most common treatment option when this form of skin cancer is detected early. Patients from Clearwater, Florida, and surrounding areas can receive treatment for melanoma at Moffitt Cancer Center, located nearby in Tampa. Our surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in treating melanoma and have helped improve outcomes and quality of life for countless patients.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our surgeons may perform one of the following surgical procedures to treat melanoma:
- Wide excision – This is the most common surgical procedure for early-stage melanoma and involves removing the lesion as well as a small portion of surrounding healthy tissue.
- Lymph node dissection – If signs of cancer are detected in a sentinel node biopsy, the lymph nodes located closest to the melanoma are also removed.
- Amputation – Although this is a very rare treatment option, amputation may be necessary for a patient with extensive melanoma growth on a finger or toe.
While early-stage melanoma is often treatable with surgery, it may require a more complex treatment plan in its later stages if it spreads to other parts of the body. The medical experts that make up the Cutaneous Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center meet regularly as a tumor board, giving patient cases individualized attention so that they can receive the most suitable course of treatment for their unique conditions.
Patients traveling from Clearwater, FL, can also rely on Moffitt for assistance finding local accommodations. Moffitt has partnered with several nearby hotels that meet our stringent standards for cleanliness and hygiene so that patients can be comfortable and focus on recovery. Many of these hotels offer discounted rates to patients, as well as shuttle services to and from Moffitt.
Patients from Clearwater, FL, and other nearby areas are welcome at Moffitt Cancer Center. We do not require a referral for an initial consultation to discuss melanoma surgery. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online to learn more.