Overview

Cleveland Clinic offers the full range of procedures in the subspecialty area of surgical dermatology. This includes Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancers (including local tissue reconstruction), Photodynamic Therapy (PTD), standard excisional surgery, and cryosurgery for cutaneous malignancies.

Mohs surgery is the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer today. It offers the highest potential for cure – even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method. The stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis is a primary factor in determining the treatment. Surgery is used to treat many types of skin cancer and is a standard treatment for melanoma.

If the melanoma is in an early stage, it may be removed during the biopsy or through surgery that removes the cancer along with some healthy-looking skin around it. In some cases, this is the only treatment that is needed.

Learn more about the Melanoma Program at Cleveland Clinic.