Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and it can take several forms, most of which are not life-threatening and typically do not spread to other parts of the body.

The exception is melanoma, the rarest and most aggressive form of skin cancer. But even melanoma can have a nearly 100 percent cure rate, if it's caught and treated early.

If you've been diagnosed with any form of skin cancer, talk to us. Our world-class team of skin cancer specialists can answer your questions, address your concerns, and deliver a personalized treatment plan with the most innovative therapies available anywhere.

At City of Hope, we are committed to treating the whole person, body and soul. We have an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care. We bring together a broad array of cancer expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:

  • Minimally-invasive surgical techniques including cryosurgery and electrodissection
  • Experts in reconstructive surgery help restore normal appearance
  • Precise radiation therapy including Helical TomoTherapy preserves nearby healthy tissue
  • Targeted drugs and drug combinations for greater effectiveness and fewer side effects
  • Immunotherapy that uses your body’s defense system to fight the cancer
  • Pioneering drug research and clinical trials

Plus, your supportive care continues long after treatment is complete. Our specialists will help you adjust to post-treatment lifestyle changes, and our unique family and survivorship programs will assist your loved ones.

City of Hope is a recognized leader in skin cancer research and treatment. We are designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and for over a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.

Learn more about risk factors and symptoms of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers.

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or melanoma or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care. Call 800-826-HOPE or go online to request an appointment.

Sangeeta Awasthi, M.D.
Sangeeta Awasthi, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Psychiatry
Mike Y. Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Neurosurgery
Jonathan Cotliar, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Dermatology
Jae Y Jung, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Dermatology
Laleh Melstrom, M.D.,M.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Melanoma and Sarcoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
Christiane Querfeld, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Dermatopathology
  • Dermatology
Hans Schoellhammer, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
Vijay Trisal, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology

Tests & Treatments

Every patient is different, with different needs. City of Hope treats you as a valued individual. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art surgical, chemotherapy, radiation and other options that will deliver the best outcome for you. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.

Learn more about treatment options, including:

Clinical Trials

At City of Hope, we offer access to drug, surgical and other clinical trials aimed at improving survival rates and enhancing quality of life. In our latest research we are investigating the use of viruses and specialized drugs to treat advanced melanoma in cases where surgery is inappropriate or inadequate.

Browse through some of our clinical trials:


When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family cope with each challenge in your skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:

  • Managing pain, fatigue, nausea
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual well-being
  • Palliative care for pain and stress
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family stress
  • Navigating the health care system
  • Dealing with family, work and school stress

Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

Additional Resources

Support the Skin Cancer and Melanoma Program

We deliver exquisite care at the leading edge of cancer treatment. It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts over 100 years ago. Their efforts - and those of our supporters today - have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct.

For more information on supporting the skin cancer and melanoma program, please contact Donor relations. Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating online.

An Expert's Voice

City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and other cancer topics on City of Hope’s Breakthrough’s blog.

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