Skin Cancer Experts

The Skin Cancer Program is a leading innovator in the research and treatment of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and cutaneous lymphoma. Through ongoing research and development, our team is improving the diagnosis of skin cancer and advancing the field of treatment options.

Skin Cancer Program
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900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here
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900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Skin Cancer

Conditions Treated

Skin cancer is a type of cancer in which malignant or abnormal cells grow in the skin. Here are the types of skin cancer we treat:

Basal cell carcinoma

A type of skin cancer that starts in the the top layer of skin (basal cell layer), grows very slowly, and rarely spreads.

Cutaneous lymphoma

A rare group of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that arise primarily in the skin.

Melanoma

A disease of the skin in which cancer cells are found in the melanocytes, the cells that produce color in the skin through a pigment called melanin.

Merkel cell carcinoma

A rare, rapidly growing cancer in which cancer cells are found on or just beneath the skin and in hair follicles.

Non-melanoma skin cancer

A type of skin cancer that forms in the lower part of the outer layer of the skin or in squamous cells, but not in the skin cells that make pigment (melanocytes).

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma  is the second most common type of skin cancer due to extensive sun exposure, occurring most often in fair-skinned and elderly people.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials and research in skin cancer

The Stanford Skin Cancer Program offers clinical trials for treatment of advanced melanoma. Stanford is an active participant in the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) multicenter clinical trials for melanoma, and a number of studies are open for patients with regional nodal metastasis and disseminated disease. Collaboration with our premier basic science departments will continue to provide new techniques and insights in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.

Doctors at the Stanford Skin Cancer Program are involved in clinical trials which allow patients access to treatments not yet available elsewhere.

Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor about any clinical trials you should consider. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer patients.

Clinical trial eligibility flowcharts

Eligibility flowcharts map clinical trials to specific types of cancers to determine if a participant is eligible for the particular clinical trial. View all skin cancer eligibility flowcharts at the Stanford Cancer Institute.

For Patients

PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

Review the New Patient Packet for information about:

  • What to expect on the day of your appointment
  • Maps, directions, parking, public transit options, and contact information
  • Other patient resources

Bring completed forms found in the Skin Cancer New Patient Letter.

MEDICAL RELEASE

Please fax the Medical Record Release Form to your new patient coordinator. The medical release form is an authorization form for external facilities to release medical records to Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics). 

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

Call us to make an appointment

650-498-6000

For Health Care Professionals

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients including access to PRISM, our referring provider portal.

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

HOW TO REFER

Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

Please note, though this form is from Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics), it is also used for all Cancer Center referrals.

Track your patients' progress and communicate with Stanford providers securely online.

Learn More About PRISM »