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

Skin Cancer Program Treatments

Chemotherapy

The use of anticancer drugs to shrink or kill cancerous cells and reduce cancer spreading to other parts of the body.

Cyberknife, CyberKnife radiosurgery

A painless, noninvasive technology that offers delivery of high dose X-rays, focused precisely on a targeted region to treat tumors, brain and spine conditions, and cancers.

Electrodesiccation and curettage

A procedure in which a tumor is scraped off the skin and electrode is used to treat the area with an electric current that stops the bleeding and destroys cancer cells that remain around the edge of the wound.

Excimer laser treatment

A precise laser treatment for treating psoriasis, vitiligo, dermatitis, and other skin conditions without damaging healthy skin; requires shorter and fewer treatments than many other therapies.

Extracorporeal photopheresis

A method of apheresis therapy in which a light-activated drug is injected into the bloodstream and the blood removed and circulated to activate the drug.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy (also called biological therapy, biological response modifier therapy, or biotherapy) is designed to boost the body's immune system in order to fight cancer. The cells, antibodies, and organs of the immune system work to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. Doctors and researchers have found that the immune system might also be able to both determine the difference between healthy cells and cancer cells in the body, and to eliminate the cancer cells.

Mohs micrographic surgery

An advanced surgical technique that precisely removes all forms of skin cancer while preserving healthy surrounding tissue.  

Photodynamic therapy

A technique where special drugs called photosensitizing agents are applied to your skin (for skin cancers) or injected into the bloodstream and then activated with bright blue light.

Phototherapy

Also called light therapy, phototherapy exposes the skin to lasers, LED, fluorescent lamps, and ultraviolet or infrared radiation to treat diseases.  Phototherapy may be used on the whole body or smaller areas.

Radiation therapy

The use of high-energy radiation to kill or shrink cancer cells, tumors, and non-cancerous diseases.

Sentinel lymph node biopsy

The surgical removal and examination of the first lymph node to which the cancer is likely to spread to evaluate the presence of cancer cells.

Targeted therapies

Targeted therapies can target cancerous cells without affecting healthy tissue, unlike radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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

RESOURCES

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 »