Many patients from Clearwater, Florida, in need of melanoma treatment choose Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for comprehensive treatment and care. The Cutaneous Oncology Program at Moffitt includes a multispecialty team of medical experts who collaborate as a tumor board and review many patient cases to ensure they are receiving individualized attention.
There are several treatment options for melanoma available at Moffitt, including:
- Surgery – For early-stage melanoma that has not spread to other areas of the body, surgery is the most common method of treatment. It involves removing the tumor and sometimes the surrounding lymph nodes.
- Radiation therapy – High-energy rays, typically delivered through external beam radiation, are directed at the cancer cells to destroy them.
- Chemotherapy – While not typically used for melanoma, chemotherapy may be applied in cases where the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.
- Limb infusion and perfusion – A heated dose of chemotherapy is delivered to the region where the melanoma is located, which has been isolated to spare the rest of the body from exposure to the chemotherapy.
In addition to these treatment options, patients with advanced cases of melanoma may benefit from immunotherapy, which encourages the immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells more effectively. Through Moffitt’s robust clinical trial program, eligible patients from Clearwater, FL, and other areas can gain access to innovative treatment methods which may not be available elsewhere. As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the only one based in Florida, Moffitt continues to lead the way in advancing cancer research and developing new and innovative treatment options.
Patients traveling from Clearwater, FL, and other out-of-town areas are welcome to make an appointment at Moffitt by calling 1-888-663-3488 or by filling out a new patient registration formnew patient registration form online. We do not require a referral for patients interested in receiving melanoma treatment.