Why Choose Us
We are home to two nationally-recognized cancer centers: the National Cancer Institute-designated Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (one of only four comprehensive cancer centers in New York State) and Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as the Ronald P Stanton Clinical Cancer Program at NewYork-Presbyterian.
Our Skin Cancer Team
Your personalized care team includes all of the experts needed to care for skin cancer. This includes dermatologists, dermatopathologists (doctors with advanced training in histology/pathology of the skin that can assist in diagnosing skin disorders), medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, Mohs surgeons, plastic surgeons, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, oncology nurses and many others. Together, they collaborate to customize your care.
Services We Offer
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our team of experts will tailor a treatment and follow-up plan that meets your individual medical needs and considers your personal preferences.
Skin cancer screening
We offer mole mapping services for people who have many atypical moles or have a high risk of developing melanoma. High-resolution mapping photography provides details of the entire skin surface, creating a body map that, like a world map, shows every detail of your skin including your moles and any other growths. We use a digital skin surface microscopy or dermoscopy for more challenging moles; this allows physicians to see the skin surface's structures and helps them distinguish between benign and malignant skin lesions such as melanoma. In addition to professional assessments, patients receive instructions and a copy of their own mole map to help them conduct monthly melanoma self-checks. Mole mapping helps to rapidly detect changes in lesions and identify those that may require a biopsy.
Genetic counseling and testing
Some skin cancers run in families. If you have a strong family history of certain types of skin cancer, such as melanoma, you may benefit from meeting with a genetic counselor to discuss your risk. You may choose to have genetic testing, and if you do, your genetic counselor will explain the results. Genetic counselors can work with you to create a schedule of skin screenings and discuss other measures you can take to reduce your risk.
We understand the burden that cancer can place on your life and the lives of your loved ones, and we do whatever we can to lessen that burden. Our nutritionists, social workers, palliative care experts, and others will help you and your loved ones address the physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of cancer and its treatment.
Care for coexisting conditions
NewYork-Presbyterian is known globally as a leading provider of health care. As a major medical center, we can address all of your healthcare needs, including coexisting conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and connect you with the specialists you need to start feeling better.
NewYork-Presbyterian has a robust portfolio of cancer clinical trials, including studies evaluating promising new therapies and treatment combinations for metastatic skin cancer. Your doctor will let you know if you are eligible to participate in an innovative therapy clinical trial.