Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Detection
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A skin cancer diagnosis typically begins with the evaluation of a suspicious skin lesion and by a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases of the skin. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we specialize in treating cancers that have returned, or that have spread to other parts of the body, when other types of treatment are necessary.
Tumor Molecular Profiling
We may also perform tumor molecular profiling to determine if certain forms of chemotherapy drugs are likely to be more effective for you. This is most often used for patients with melanoma .
During this skin cancer test, we’ll evaluate a tissue sample for the presence of a variety of enzymes and genetic mutations to identify which therapies are likely to be most effective. This helps doctors to predict whether the cancer cells in your body will respond to the drug, and allows them to select the most appropriate therapy for each patient. This valuable information helps to avoid unnecessary side effects from a treatment that is unlikely to work.
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