Our Approach
A diagnosis of skin cancer – as with any cancer – can bring about a range of emotions, but it also drives a need for information and a desire to find the best possible treatment facility.  City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient care, innovative science and translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies. We’re a forward-thinking cancer center model devoted to rapidly transforming scientific discoveries into better treatments and improved prevention strategies.  More importantly, we’ve been delivering hope to cancer patients for 100 years.

What sets City of Hope apart from other cancer treatment centers?

From diagnosis through treatment and follow up, City of Hope delivers comprehensive skin cancer care for every stage of the disease.  We combine advanced diagnostics, aggressive new treatments and the expertise of a closely coordinated group of specialists to provide the latest in care for patients with different types of skin cancer, including melanoma. Our world-class, multidisciplinary team of cancer experts includes dermatologists, medical oncologists, general oncologic surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, pathologists and highly skilled technicians.  These caring professionals are dedicated to delivering the highest-quality, personalized treatment and care with the fewest possible negative side effects, with a goal of achieving the best possible outcomes.

Moreover, as a leading cancer center, City of Hope not only adheres to guidelines established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), but our physicians participate in defining these guidelines for the rest of the country.  Our methods for diagnosing and treating all types of skin cancer incorporate new and established technologies that are personalized for the individual patient.

While our primary goal is to cure or control the disease, another top priority is relieving pain, suffering and discomfort – conditions directly affecting quality of life – for patients undergoing cancer treatments. This involves helping patients manage physical symptoms as well as addressing non-physical concerns like depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, nutrition and establishing or maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.

We offer a broad range of support and educational services through the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center .  Patients and loved ones have access to a coordinated team of social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, patient navigators, pain management specialists and spiritual care providers at the center.  In addition, they can participate in a wide array of programs including educational classes designed to better prepare them and their caregivers for treatment, healing arts workshops, peer support groups and much more.
 
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If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, we’re here to help. City of Hope is committed to making the process of becoming a patient here as easy as possible. Call 800-826-HOPE (4673) or complete the online appointment form.