The latest advances in melanoma surgery are available to residents of Orlando, Florida, at Moffitt Cancer Center. Located a only brief drive away in Tampa, Moffitt is world-renowned for utilizing progressive surgical techniques, developing highly individualized treatment plans and providing compassionate supportive care to patients with virtually all types of malignancies, including melanoma. Our surgeons are highly experienced and regularly perform complex cancer surgeries.
Surgery is the main form of melanoma treatment for patients who have been diagnosed in early stages. Depending on the specific type and extent of a cancer, several surgical approaches may be utilized to eliminate cancerous cells. These include:
- Wide excision – The surgical removal of a melanoma lesion and a small amount of surrounding healthy tissue (the most common form of surgery performed to treat early-stage melanoma
- Lymph node dissection – The surgical removal of lymph nodes that are located near a melanoma site and display signs of cancerous activity
- Amputation – The surgical removal of a finger or toe that is severely affected by melanoma (rarely recommended)
Unlike nonmelanoma skin cancers, which typically do not spread beyond the original tumor site, melanoma can metastasize and affect other parts of the body. In these cases, melanoma surgery is usually supplemented with other treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. At Moffitt, patients who are diagnosed with melanoma at any stage are treated by a multispecialty team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nutritionists and other medical professionals who work closely to determine the best possible treatment plan to meet each patient’s unique needs.
To eliminate as many inconveniences as possible for patients who travel to Moffitt from Orlando, FL, for melanoma surgery, we have partnered with several area hotels that offer discounted rates to our patients. Many of these hotels also offer free shuttle services to and from Moffitt, and all comply with our exceptionally high standards for hygiene, infection control and hospitality.
If you live in Orlando, FL, and would like to receive more information regarding melanoma surgery at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required to schedule an appointment with a Moffitt physician.