The American Cancer Society estimates that more than one million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. One in 39 Americans will develop melanoma, the most dangerous form of the disease.
But there is good news. Early detection, combined with a variety of effective treatment options can save lives. And, at Norton Cancer Institute, we've assembled a team of specialists devoted to helping diagnose, treat and cure all forms of skin cancers.
Most skin cancers can be cured if they are caught and treated before spreading to other parts of the body. That's why regular self exams and annual visits to a dermatologist are so important.
Skin cancer is diagnosed in severity, ranging from the earliest stages when the cancer is generally confined to one part of the body, to the latest stages when it has spread. Surgery is the usual method of treatment. Chemotherapy or radiation is occasionally used.
As part of our comprehensive service, Norton Cancer Institute gives patients the chance to participate in innovative National Cancer Institute and industry-sponsored clinical research studies. A list of cancer clinical trial studies is available online or you may call (502) 629-3449.
Support and Ongoing Care
Skin cancer can affect people of all ages. There is often a strong family history of the disease. The Norton Cancer Prevention and Resource Center offers support services that address the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their loved ones.
The center houses a library of educational resources about prevention and detection, treatment options and recovery. Specially trained oncology nurses are available to provide one-on-one educational counseling for patients and family members.
The center also offers the following free services for cancer patients and their families:
- Educational seminars
- Clinical-trial searches
- Nutritional counseling
- Emotional/behavioral counseling
- Free screenings
- Wigs, prostheses and turbans
- Massage therapy
- Art therapy
- Referrals to community resources
Norton Healthcare is available to answer questions you may have on skin cancer. Call the Norton Cancer Prevention and Resource Center at 1-800-555-6772 or (502) 629-5500.