Skin Cancers

The world-renowned experts at the OSUCCC – James are transforming the way skin cancers are prevented, detected, treated and, yes, cured.

Today, cancer is no longer solely defined by location or even by stage. We know there is no routine cancer, and there is no routine skin cancer.

Skin cancer is a complex disease. Each patient’s cancer is different, behaving differently in the bodies they’re in and calling for a tailored, individualized treatment plan for each patient.

To deliver the most effective skin cancer detection and treatment, our nationally renowned experts identify and understand cancer at the biologic and genetic levels, unlocking the molecular code of a patient’s disease and pinpointing what makes each cancer grow — then discovering what stops it.

Our team of skin cancer subspecialists spans a broad range of disciplines: from medical, surgical and radiation oncologists to dermatologists, molecular and biological pathologists, genetic scientists and more — all specializing in skin cancer (and only skin cancer) research, prevention, detection, treatment and cure.

It’s that subspecialization and singular focus that enable us to discover, develop and deliver the most targeted therapies for each individual skin cancer patient.

And that means our collective expertise leads to improved outcomes, faster responses, fewer side effects and more hope for cancer patients everywhere.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It usually occurs in areas of the skin exposed to sun, and the most frequent site of the cancer is the face. Along with squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma is a type of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Our skin cancer specialists and researchers dedicate their lives to supporting and caring for basal cell carcinoma patients and their families.

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Melanoma is a skin cancer that can occur anywhere on the body but tends to affect men more often on the shoulders, head or neck, and women on the arms and legs. At OSUCCC – James, we understand that there are many different types of melanoma and that each person’s melanoma is unique.

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Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Merkel cell carcinoma is an aggressive but rare type of skin cancer that begins in specialized skin cells. Tumors form in Merkel cells, located in the top layer of the skin. At the OSUCCC – James, we’re transforming how Merkel cell carcinoma is prevented, detected, treated and cured.

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is a nonmelanoma skin cancer that begins in the flat cells that form the outermost layer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma occurs on areas of the skin that have been in the sun. At OSUCCC – James, we work at the leading edge of cancer medicine to target and stop squamous cell carcinoma at its genetic and molecular roots.

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The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

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