Skin Cancer (Dermato-Oncology)

Skin cancer is thought to be a malignant change in a skin lesion,that may develop from a pre-existing mole or de novo. It is the most common form of cancer. Nowadays every fifth person over sixty will be diagnosed with skin cancer at one point in his or her life. Unfortunately, Switzerland has the highest incidence rate of melanoma in Europe.

Most types of [skin] cancer are treatable if recognized soon enough. Therefore, early diagnosis plays an enormously important role.

Our clinic offers prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the various forms of skin cancer together with the often very diverse demands of patient care and needed psychological support.

One distinguishes between the following skin cancer types 

  • Basalioma (Basal cell carcinoma)
  • Spinalioma (squamous cell or epidermoid carcinoma)
  • Melanoma
  • Cutaneous lymphoma
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma

Brochures for patients, are available in waiting rooms, and can be ordered online (German only) or downloaded as PDF:

Basalioma (PDF, German)
Squamous cell carcinoma and actinic keratoses (PDF, German)
Melanoma (PDF, German)
Skin Cancer Nurse (PDF, German)

 

Symptoms and affected body sites

Skin tumors can manifest themselves as flat erythematous lesions or nodules.

Treatment of skin tumors or of precancerous lesions:

  • Immunomodulators; new medications for local therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy

Preventive counseling
Systemic, topical, throughmedication adjustment

 

Evaluations and Treatments

  • Thorough interview , adequate time for patient questions (longer consultation times)
  • Physical examination

 

Frequent use of combination therapies – following consultation with the patient

  • Surgery: uncomplicated skin cancers (e.g. basal cell carcinoma) with simple surgical procedure or freezing (cryotherapy); complicated tumors with so-called micrographically controlled surgery (see surgical area)
  • Laser therapy of viral acanthomas (see also CO2-Laser)
  • Systemic (= internal,) therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy

 

Additional Information

 

Interesting Links and Patient Organizations

Verein für Hautkrebsforschung
Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich

Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation

 

Blog

The moving story of Erika Haller: it began with a small nodule on her arm and ended with her cure, in spite of metastastic spread to the lung and liver. (Blog article in german)

 

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