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
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here
Maps & Directions
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Skin Cancer

Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Expertise

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the two most common forms of skin cancer, yet when caught early, they are not only easily treated but usually curable with surgery. The Skin Cancer Program's expert dermatologic and plastic surgeons utilize state of the art techniques, ensuring the best possible outcome—both functionally and aesthetically.

Stanford Dermatology clinical-investigators and basic scientists conducted pivotal research in the use of the recently FDA-approved drug, Vismodegib, for patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma, including those with inoperable tumors and metastatic disease. Stanford Dermatology researchers have pioneered study of this agent in patients with basal cell nevus syndrome, a genetic disorder than results in the formation of hundreds of skin cancers. Ongoing research involving this class of drugs, termed hedgehog pathway inhibitors, is in progress through Stanford Dermatology, and we offer an Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma Clinic of multidisciplinary cancer specialists for patients with aggressive basal cell skin cancer.

Squamous cell carcinoma is generally treated with excision with standard or margins obtained via Mohs micrographic surgery. Patients at high risk of relapse and/or development of subsequent malignancies due to solid organ transplantation or other reasons (immunosuppression, etc.) are followed closely in the High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic. Locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma may be managed through the Head & Neck Tumor Board. Patients with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma may be seen in a multispecialty fashion with dermatology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and other providers as deemed necessary.

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


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.


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

Call us to make an appointment


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.


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.


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 »