Skin Cancer Treatment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center
Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the United States, making up more than half of the total cancer cases diagnosed each year. And experience and deep expertise in treating it matters.
The region's only NCI-designated center
As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Colorado (and one of only 40 in the United States), we care for more patients with skin cancer than anyone else in the Rocky Mountain region.
At the University of Colorado Cancer Center, we have seen and treated all forms of skin cancer and other diseases of the skin. We have helped our patients in their fight against some of the most common types of skin cancer as well as some of the rarest.
In fact, our 5-year survival rate for many kinds of cancer is up to 30% higher than state, regional and national averages.
To begin your journey with a dedicated team of skin cancer experts, call us at (720) 848-0300.
At the CU Cancer Center, the same caring team of doctors and support professionals will be with you throughout your entire journey, from your initial appointment and evaluation to treatment and aftercare.
- Your team is made up of experts from many fields: dermatologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers, geneticists and counselors. Most of those you’ll meet specialize specifically in treating people with skin cancer, supporting them and bringing them through rehabilitation. They review your test results, your progress and discuss the next best step in your care with each other and with you.
- Your medical team meets weekly to evaluate your skin cancer symptoms, plan and deliver your treatment, manage any side effects and arrange aftercare support.
- All your records, consultations, test results and provider notes about you and your treatment are in an electronic medical record, available to all the doctors and specialists within the University of Colorado Hospital system who may be called in to help treat you and your condition.
- You also have access to complementary and alternative medicine through our doctor-led Center for Integrative Medicine. These individualized treatments can include massage therapy, acupuncture, and nutrition and exercise consultation. The goal is to help ease the side effects of cancer treatment and to help patients retain the energy needed for their fight against skin diseases.
- We treat the whole person. Cancer treatment at UCH is designed to support you and educate you and your entire support network.
Advanced Research & Treatment
As the regional leader in cancer research, treatment and support, we offer specialized care for cancer on skin not available anywhere else in Colorado.
- World-renowned experts in cancer diagnosis and staging, which are the crucial first steps for getting proper cancer care.
- The most comprehensive and advanced radiation options for patients with skin cancer.
- A multidisciplinary high-risk skin cancer program, also specializing in organ transplant recipients and patients with hereditary skin diseases that predispose them to skin cancers.
- Surgeons experienced in Mohs surgery, recognized as the most precise method of removing skin cancer while causing minimal damage to surrounding healthy skin.
- World-renowned expertise in cutaneous lymphomas. Patients come from around the globe to receive our specialized care in treating skin lymphomas.
- Access to many new treatments, including the latest skin cancer drugs and vaccines through our involvement in clinical trials.
Skin Cancer at a Glance
- More than 2 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed each year. Most of these are basal cell cancers. Squamous cell cancers occur less often.
- Survival rates for non-melanoma skin cancers are very high. In fact, the death rate has dropped about 30% during the past 30 years.
- Lymphomas of the skin are uncommon, accounting for only a small portion (about 5%) of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas.
- Merkel cell skin cancer is a rare and highly aggressive cancer where malignant cancer cells develop on or just beneath the skin and in hair follicles.
- The overall number of skin cancers has been increasing for many years. This is probably due to a combination of increased detection, more sun exposure and sun-damaged skin, and people living longer.
Source: American Cancer Society
Did you know?
When cancer forms in cells that make pigment, it is called melanoma. In these pages you’ll find information about skin cancers that are not melanoma, including squamous cell cancers, basal cell cancer, rare Merkel cell cancer, and cutaneous T-cell lymphomas.