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If you are at high risk for developing skin cancer due to an organ transplant or suppressed immune system, you need an advanced level of care. Our expert team catches skin cancers in the early stages, when they are easily treated. We believe in highly personalized care that involves carefully monitoring patients with early biopsies and frequent appointments. Our robust research program offers you access to clinical trials for melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
We offer specialized care with close follow-up and aggressive treatments for anyone at a high risk for developing skin cancer. You may be considered high risk if you have received an organ transplant, take immunosuppressive medications for any reason or have a personal history of recurrent skin cancers.
At Stanford, we take skin cancers very seriously. We follow you closely to catch and treat suspicious skin lesions before they become cancerous.
What makes us unique is our approach to care. We:
Don’t take a wait-and-see attitude toward suspicious lesions. We treat them as early as possible.
Use a team approach for recurrent or metastatic skin cancers. Our tumor board brings together experts from dermato-oncology, Mohs micrographic surgery and other sub-specialties to deliver the most comprehensive care available for skin cancer.
Longer visits than a regular doctor’s office. This allows Dr. Lee to get to know you well and provide personalized care tailored to your unique needs.
Work closely with other clinics and programs, such as the transplant program and the Cancer Survivorship Program, to provide well-rounded care for your body and your spirit.
Stanford High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic: Who we serve
Many medical and genetic conditions can put a person in the high-risk category for skin cancer. When you receive an organ transplant, you have a 60-times greater risk of developing a skin cancer than before you had surgery. Other risk factors for skin cancer include:
Past radiation therapy
History of metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
Recurrent skin cancer of any kind
Medications including voriconazole and azathioprine
Medications that suppress the immune system may increase the odds of developing skin cancer. Learn how the Stanford High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic helped one patient with advanced prevention and treatments.
Some medications required after transplant may increase odds of developing skin cancer. The Stanford High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic offers advanced prevention, treatments, clinical trials and a tumor board.
Stanford Health Care is known worldwide for the advanced patient care provided by its doctors and staff. We also provide a wide range of guest services and amenities to our patients and visitors. Learn more about preparing for a hospital stay, billing and financial services, and our other support programs in Patients & Visitors.
We want to make your treatment as effective as possible. If you are a transplant candidate, contact us before your transplant surgery so we can evaluate your post-transplant risk level for skin cancer and prepare a treatment plan in coordination with your transplant team. Please ask us any questions you have — we want to make you comfortable and prepared.